Dear Members, firstly, may l add my own welcome and best wishes for the year ahead to all our membership, wherever you may be based. ICorr is expanding Internationally and will continually seek to find ways to serve you in your work, in a friendly and accessible manner.
I am deeply honoured to have been elected to serve you as your President for the next 2 years and to follow in the footsteps of Dr Bill Hedges, who has laid very solid foundations for the Institute going forwards and guided me diligently throughout my vice Presidency. I am also very appreciative of all the goodwill messages l have received from you in recent weeks.
Particular thanks are due to my colleagues of ICorr Aberdeen committee, who have supported me extremely well over the last 10 years in my various roles as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. Dr Yunnan Gao, also a previous branch chair will join me as vice President along with Bill as our Immediate Past President, who have vast industry experience. This combined experience has been invaluable in preparing me for my new daily duties as your President and as a member of ICorr Council and its board of Trustees.
I expect by the time you receive this latest edition of the magazine, which sadly may be the very last by our current editor Brian Goldie, we shall be well into the first chapter of 2023 but many more Institute activities still await us through our YICorr organisation, across all our regional branches, and operating divisions.
Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be meeting teams and visiting our branches to gain a deeper understanding of ICorr. I am really looking forward to spending time with you, learning more about our operating divisions, what is working well, and listening to your ideas and suggestions, around where we can make enhancements together.
We have already made a fantastic start to the year with the signing of our new 10year training agreement in January with IMechE to deliver ICorr developed courses globally along with Corrodere who continue to support us with our online training course delivery, plus Square One, and Eva Whittaker’s great work in modernising our CP course bookings system.
It was a great pleasure recently to meet with our branch members at the London Branch luncheon in December, a fantastic event as always. Also, to meet with committee members from our reactivated North-East branch in Newcastle, and to see both of these in-person events so well supported. The YICorr Xmas quiz was a great closer to a very active year which included a spectacular Young Engineer Programme final in Aberdeen. Many congratulations to Team 5 on their success.
Please do use all available opportunities to network with ICorr, to learn more about us, learn about each other, and the industries that we all work to serve.
Our Birmingham 1-Day conference on February 9th will bring together many of our award winners, several of our sustaining companies and training providers, in the splendid setting of the City Chambers. April 27th will take us to NPL, Teddington, for four Corrosion Engineering Division Working Day, and June 22nd and 23rd will feature our main 2-day Sustainability and Renewables Conference. August 29th will again see Aberdeen host its well-respected annual 1-day Corrosion Awareness event.
At ICorr HQ our staff – Denise Aldous, Becky Hurst, Patricia Bridge, Melanie Dunn, and Maureen Spittles, will be very active supporting you, and hosting several new ICorr training courses, ICATS seminars and examinations, throughout the year.
Our Hybrid technical programmes will continue over the coming months. Do please check regularly the ICorr Website, Upcoming Events – Institute of Corrosion (icorr.org) and ICorr News – Industry Updates – Institute of Corrosion (icorr.org).
Corrosion management and prevention remains a very specialised field with many sub disciplines, some of which we will strive to become operating experts in, and others that we require a sound understanding of their principles, to engage with others constructively for the preservation of our infrastructure.
ICorr through its activities, seeks to provide a sound and safe basis to all those following careers in corrosion, at all levels and to provide opportunities for advancement to all.
I sincerely hope that you will join me on my journey over the 2 years and l of course welcome any of your suggestions, do please contact me on any aspect of the Institute’s work at, email@example.com
With my very best wishes for the weeks and months ahead.