President's & Chairman's Statement

Pipeline Industries Guild President - Steve Fraser, COO, United Utilities

Welcome to the new PIG website. It’s a great privilege for me being elected as President of the Guild at such an exciting, yet challenging time. The infrastructure and construction sector has rarely in history been under such intense scrutiny. Membership and participation in the Guild and its events gives us an opportunity to both influence and drive a positive agenda for our companies and our industry in general. It’s been some time since my last involvement in the PIG, and it’s with great excitement I see a number of new and innovative members both from a corporate and personal perspective. It’s also been good to see that within the regional committees, some green shoots of progress from a diversity perspective are taking shape and this is an area I want to encourage further.

The Guild affords us the capability to stretch our technical thinking and whether through social functions or the structured development programmes we run, the ability to network and market both our own businesses, the companies which we represent, or the sector in general. We are a force for good in an ever changing and innovating industry. I am particularly keen that we manage to bring together the innovation which is clearly happening within many of our members' organisations and the needs of infrastructure clients throughout the United Kingdom. This is an area, the Guild, as the technical authority for all things pipes and pipelines really needs to come to the fore as an organisation which enables constructive and progressive dialogue for the good of UK Engineering and Services. We are uniquely placed to enable these conversations.

From a personal perspective, I am particularly excited to be a part of a revitalised Guild and group of members with an exciting agenda of opportunities and events over the coming months. Through my past involvement in Guild activities, and my family's long association with the Guild, I realise how much effort and determination it takes to keep the number and quality of both our technical and social events to the very high standard we have come to expect and I would like to take this opportunity to place on record my thanks to the staff in the Guild offices and also the regional Chairs and Committees with whom the Guild relies so heavily upon. I look forward to working with you over the coming years.

 

Pipeline Industries Guild Chairman 2019 - 2020 - Adam Wynne Hughes, President of PIH & Downstream Services at Stanley Oil & Gas 

It is with great pleasure that I become Chair of the Pipeline Industries Guild in our 63rd year. A key part of my year will be developing our 2025 vision for the Guild to ensure we maintain relevance for members as we approach our 70th year.

I look forward to working with a range of stakeholders to produce a vision and roadmap to hand over to Jason Wilson this year’s DC1 when he succeeds me next summer.

The Guild has a diverse group of members and is holding almost weekly events including those within our branches and panels. I would encourage you all to be active and Guild staff at Banbury are on hand to assist you in attending events or understanding further the benefits of membership. I attended my first event back in 1990 at a Wales & the West branch event and have benefited from technical talks and networking opportunities over the last 30 years, seeing the Guild continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our broad industry and members. During my year in office we will continue that evolution.

The staff at HQ have been very active, and our membership numbers have increased allowing the Guild finances to be stable and able to support the Boards initiatives like the new website. This will continue to add functionality this year and become a great tool for our staff and members alike.

This year we have a full Board of Directors representing all our branches and panels, and together with the HQ staff we are working on improving interaction with members, maintaining healthy finances along with planning and delivering superb events across the Guild. The individual committees of branches and panels have worked tirelessly to develop local programmes, relevant to their areas and membership.

The Guild awards have become a showcase for innovation in our industry and our PDN panel is encouraging the development of talent within our members. With innovation and great people our industry and the Guild will thrive well beyond 2025.

I look forward to a great year ahead. Thank you to my employer, our staff, fellow board of directors and our members for your support in this role.

Adam Wynne Hughes