It’s hard to believe that this is my final column – my two years as President seem to have passed by in the blink of an eye! I guess this is testament to how much I’ve enjoyed the role. I’ve been privileged to learn so much more about the many and varied activities that the Institute offers, meet lots of amazing people and get to do some pretty cool things along the way! The Institute of Corrosion is a fantastic organisation and I feel honoured and humbled to have served as its President.
The undoubted strength of the Institute is its people. We are a tight knit community and it has been great to see how everyone has come together during the pandemic to support each other and ensure that the battle against corrosion can continue. Some of our activities have been more challenging over the past few months, without being able to meet in person, but I have been very encouraged by the level of participation in our online activities and the development of our social media platforms.
My sincere thanks are due to the Trustees, Council members, committee members, volunteers and paid staff who organise the activities of the Institute and ensure its continued growth and success. It’s inspiring to witness the passion and enthusiasm you bring to the table – this is key to the impact of these activities in driving improvements in the fundamental understanding and practical implementation of corrosion protection across a range of sectors.
In particular I would like to thank Denise Aldous, our office manager, for her incredible support and dedication during my time as President. Denise is the heartbeat of our operation and has forgotten more about how the Institute works than the rest of us will ever know! She is one of the most competent and dependable people you could wish to meet and we are very fortunate to have her. It’s also good to see that Becky is settling in well at Corrosion House, following the departures of Gwynneth and Sue due to retirement and relocation, respectively.
I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming our new President, Bill Hedges. Bill brings a wealth of experience from his role as Chief Engineer, Materials & Integrity Management at BP. He has already made a significant contribution to the Institute through the ICorr Young Engineer Programme, the negotiation of our new Engineering Council registration agreement and the establishment of our Digital Strategy Committee. I’m delighted to extend a warm welcome to Bill, and his Vice President Stephen Tate, and am very much looking forward to supporting them going forward.
Thank you all for your support and I look forward to seeing you in person again when circumstances allow. Wishing you continued health and strength.
Gareth Hinds, Institute of Corrosion President