Welcome to the latest issue of In the Pipeline. It gives me great pleasure to introduce this newsletter as your new chair. Over the coming months, I look forward to revealing some of my plans for continuing the recent successes of the Guild and building towards our long-term goals via the Guild 2025 strategy. You can find out more on this in an interview with me on page 6.
Regarding the Guild’s future, I have absolutely no doubt it will be a successful one. As an organisation, we have a long and successful history and have learned to adapt and change according to economic, social or other circumstances.
Of course, I am heading towards the big topic of the day now: namely, Covid-19 and the effect it is having on people, economies and organisations worldwide. I am hugely impressed by the way the Guild quickly put together a cogent plan for continuing our activities and doing what we do best: connecting people and ideas.
You’ll see the results of this plan throughout the issue, from the AGM and Technical Awards which were held via video conferencing, to the inspiring series of webinars which are highlighted in our news pages and reflected in a long list of virtual diary dates. Take a look at our feature on page 14, which tells the full story of our new webinar strategy. I urge you to get involved, as a presenter or viewer – these webinars are here to stay and add so much value to what we offer.
Finally, it is with deep regret that I must inform you of the sad passing of Dave Watson, the chair of the Guild’s Intakes, Outfalls and Landfalls Technical Panel. Dave gave great service to the Marine Pipeline Industry and the Guild and there will be a time to celebrate his achievements, however for now our thoughts are with his wife Yvonne and his family