I have recently had the pleasure of attending some excellent branch meetings, firstly in Aberdeen which had an excellent turnout out for a very interesting evening on the potential for Acoustic Emission (AE) to detect both cracking and corrosion activity given by speakers from the School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University. What impressed me was what a dedicated and hardworking committee Aberdeen branch has, and the overall feeling of the meeting was very welcoming and people had an enjoyable evening. As members of the Institute I would encourage all of you to attend your local branch meetings, and if you are travelling, to attend meetings at other branches, wherever possible.
I also attended the London Branch AGM where we saw the hand over from Jim Glynn to David Mobbs and George Winning, and I wish them the very best in their respective roles. My thanks go to Jim for his continued service to the Institute, and also to John O’Shea, past ICorr President, who stood down from London Branch, for all his years of dedication and enthusiasm.
The branches are a great way to get involved in the organisation and I know support is always welcomed.
The Institute needs young professionals to become involved, and as already reported, Chris Bridge from BP, has been elected as the Young ICorr representative on council. Chris has set-up a LinkedIn group and is organising local social evenings, the first of which will be held in London in April (see the Young ICorr section later in this issue). I would encourage all members to reach out to their younger colleagues, to support this initiative.
Training is also a key focus for the Institute, and a lot of work has been carried out to improve the professional development opportunities for members, and the “route” towards Chartered Engineer status has now been mapped-out. I will keep you up to date with this development.
Just as the magazine was going to press, I heard of the death of David Deacon on 31st March. David was a past President of the Institute and stalwart supporter, and on behalf of the institute I would like to offer condolences to his family. I’m sure there will be a fitting tribute to him in the next issue.