The arrival of a number of key new personnel has set NEL on a firm path to future growth, providing expertise that the lab needs to develop its services and fully exploit its new and improved research facilities.
“Our overall business strategy is to grow our capabilities, both in terms of our facilities and expertise,” says Operations Director, Mark Roscoe. “To facilitate this, we are bringing in experts who can drive the development across the full breadth of our activities, from fundamental research through to commercial testing and consultancy services.
“This recruitment builds on other recent additions to our team, such as our principal consultant Dr. Bruno Pinguet, who joined in 2017,” Mark adds. “It gets us ready to make full use of our new-era multiphase research facilities, which are due to start commercial operation in early 2019.
Among the new staff that have been taken on is Mark Ruston, Head of Infrastructure, Test and Calibration, who will draw on his experience at Doosan Babcock and the Royal Navy to provide leadership in the development of NEL’s testing services.
“NEL is embarking on a new phase in its life thanks to a significant investment in new leading-edge test facilities,” says Mark. “The new service will be a world first, operating at the limits of current knowledge and experience. It therefore has to be managed carefully to ensure a successful launch that lays the foundation for the NEL’s continued future.”
Dr Sandy Black has been recruited as a project engineer. He has a PhD from the University of Leeds in CFD modelling related to carbon capture and storage technology, and has extensive consultancy experience, so will drive the development of NEL’s services in these areas.
“I will be focusing on the growth of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) consultancy services,” says Sandy. “I will be working to provide solutions for clients and develop business opportunities from existing and new markets.”
Growth in fundamental research and development will be driven Dr Martin Hanton who joined NEL from Sasol Technology UK at the beginning of 2018 as Head of R&D. His in-depth research background and extensive experience working at the interface of academia and industry, will be applied at both a national Flow Programme and international level.
“My recruitment is a key part of TUV SUD NEL’s strategy to expand its overall research and development activities,” says Martin. “With my background and experience I look forward to guiding the company on this important journey.”
For more information, contact Mark Roscoe.