2009 Conference & 15th Anniversay Dinner - Tankersley

The conference was held at Tankersley Manor on the 5th Feb 2009. Over 80 visitors braved the weather conditions to attended the conference. They heard 8 off presentations delivered by the speakers and the abstracts will be added below later.

1. NDT matters should be kept out of court........ Amanda Burge & Andrew Howarth

Amanda Burge, a senior solicitor at the leading London Law firm Renyolds, Porter Chamberlain delivered a great start to the procedings which managed to focus the minds of all present explainingning the best way to stop litigation.

2. On-Line monitoring of stress corrosion cracking.....David Ludlow

3. The Benefits of NDT qualified engineer surveyors.....Peter Cairns

4. Risk based inspections...Paul Jackson

5. NDT in the nuclear industry....John Pearce

6. Motorsport Formula students....Gilbert Locke

7. NADCAP a suppliers perspective.....Andy Bakewell

8. NDT a look into the future.....Roger Lyon

15th Anniversary Dinner

15th Anniversary Dinner

On the 4th February 2009 we held the 15th anniversary dinner at Tankersley Manor.

The 15th Anniversary dinner was attended by nearly 80 members and supporters of NATL as well as the current President of A.S.N.T. Jocelyn Langois, pictured here with the Chairman of NATL Section Mark Ormrod. Also attending was the President of ICNDT,  Mike Farley and both outgoing and incoming Presidents of BINDT, Roger Lyons and George Georgiou.

To have all the above attend was magnificent, but special thanks must go to  Jocelyn, to devote the time and effort involved in traveling the huge distance to be with our section on this night was amazing, this showed the strength of friendship our section has with A.S.N.T.

Jocelyn also agreed to deliver a presentation the following day at our conference.

The evening was a great success and on the night, we presented two special achievement awards to Tim Armett from Lavender International and Dave Betts of Argyll Ruane. These two gentlemen have probably had a major influence in the careers of most NDT engineers in the British sector, delivering NDT courses and examination for over 20yrs and two finer gentleman you will not meet.

We rounded off with conversations lasting well into the night as friendships were reaffirmed.

The following day our conference took place with a packed agenda and some fine speakers taking to the floor.

The life time achievement award was presented to somebody who currently holds 12 A.S.N.T NDT level 3 certificates and 14 P.C.N. certificates 10 at level. Of course it was not one singular person, but two people who have each been in the industry for over twenty years and one is the current Regional director.

Born on the wrong side of the Pennines and ardent Sheffield Wednesday fans the life time achievement award was presented to David and Ian Griffin.

All this has been achieved by a group of volunteers who carry out their tasks for no financial reward, sometimes I think we lose sight of what we give and it becomes an expectation. The above shows how strong we are as an organisation and it can only grow and become stronger and I would personally like to thank everyone involved for all their efforts over the last two years.

Mark Ormrod  

NATL Section Chairman