After a subdued 2016, due to the drop-in oil prices filtering through to the inspection sector the first quarter of 2017 has seen the market improve significantly for InCon, to the extent that we have found the need to increase our resources to meet the demands. I have made the following appointments during my time here to strengthen our position and to supplement our existing staff members:
Lynn Abbey – Administration Manager
Sharon Whitfield – Accounts Administrator
Patrick Prior – Business Development Manager
Andrew Walker – General Manager
James Lister – Asset Integrity Manager
Jami Munslow – Welding Invigilator
Steve Vicks – Welding Inspector
Ian Hooley – Senior Plant Inspector
Steve Evans – Senior Ultrasonic Technician
Marcus Thomas – Advanced NDT Technician
Scott McKinnon – Advanced NDT Technician
Paul Gillard – Radiographer
Chaney Lloyd – Radiographer
Since my arrival, I have also made a point to continue with InCon’s excellent staff professional development program and to encourage our employees to further their careers by following the company’s training initiative. During my first three months I am pleased to announce that trainee Oli Dean has passed his PCN level II examination in radiography and is now a fully qualified technician. Tim Evans one of our senior technicians has been promoted to HSEQ Manager and completed his IOSH course and examination. Ian Hooley is currently sitting his EEMUA tank assessor examination to complement his API 653 and API 570 qualifications and we are also investing in Colin Ravenscroft and Oli Dean who are attending PCN level II training courses for visual inspections and will become fully qualified welding inspectors after passing the examination. I have been impressed with the positive attitude to training from all employees I have spoken to during my time here and will continue to encourage them to gain new qualifications.
InCon associate Melvin Topp continues to provide PCN and ASNT level III services as he has for many years and will begin the process of training and monitoring Andrew Walker who will begin the challenge of gaining his level III qualification in radiography.
InCon successfully completed an audit of our management system carried out by NQA in February and retained our ISO 9001 accreditation. During April, our UKAS Type ‘A’ Inspection Body Schedule of Accreditation was also successfully re-issued. I would like to thank all our staff members who have contributed to these fantastic achievements.
We have signed a number of contracts with blue chip companies to implement and maintain their asset integrity management programs at their COMAH sites. This will mean we will be responsible for the integrity of their storage tanks, pipework and pressure equipment for the coming years. It is essential to me that InCon maintains its strong position in this market place which has been built on the integrity of its technicians and employees and this is the message I am getting across in our management meetings.
The first three months here for me have been hectic and thoroughly enjoyable and I am looking forward to meeting our clients and supply chain, facing the upcoming challenges and meeting them head on.
InCon – Integrity Matters