This month has seen the long awaited ‘buried pipe’, which will allow candidates on the CP Course to carry out testing of instrumentation on a live piece of buried pipe, installed at the IMechE Training facility in Sheffield.     This has been a labour of love and frustration for many over a long period of time, but it is also a symbol of what can be achieved when two organizations with some very determined people put their heads together.  This will bring an enhanced learning experience for people attending CP training in Sheffield.  There has also been much time and effort put in by many in recent months looking at how we can be the best in class at the training we offer.

The other wonderful news this month is that we are now in possession of our new home, 5 Saxon Court Northampton.  My sincerest thanks go to Trevor Osborne for the hard and diligent work that he has put in to make this possible.  It has been the wish of Council for some time to see us in a permanent location and that has now been realised.  There are some changes that need to be made to the property, but we are looking at a move in date of November, and we would welcome a visit from you all.

I was lucky enough this month to have a tour of the Sir David Attenborough polar vessel just prior to the hull being launched, but the weather made it feel like a shipyard in Singapore rather than Birkenhead!

We have held productive PDTC and Council meetings, there is good progress being made in our efforts to provide up to date and interesting new courses, and you should see the results of this in coming months.  Council was as ever a lively debate with good progress being seen by the Membership committee.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Crundwell for his years of service to the Institute as a Past President and active role in the institute, Bob has decided to stand down from Council and we wish him all the best.

I hope you all continue to enjoy the summer.

Sarah Vasey, ICorr President