A GLOBAL leader in engineering solutions has appointed a new program manager to develop its ground-breaking projects.

Engineering company Forth has welcomed Chris Downham to its senior management team to lead on its wide range of innovative projects carried out by its team of engineering experts.

Chris, 28, has recently worked on completing the firm’s proof of concept of FSWBot, a world-first friction stir welding robotic crawler to carry out internal repairs and refurbishments to oil pipelines, and will concentrate on developing various other innovations which includes constructing a robot to inspect wind turbine blades.

A Durham University graduate, Chris joins the company after working with water and wastewater company United Utilities for four years in roles including production manager and catchment manager.

The prospect of working for a global, pioneering engineering company was something which excited Chris. Forth specializes in engineering excellence and works closely with industry leaders in a wide range of sectors to help deliver innovative and ground-breaking solutions to complex problems.

Chris said: “I’m thrilled to be working for an enterprise which makes such a huge impact globally. This is a company which is on the cutting edge of dealing with real world solutions, and Forth has the ability to react to and affect change.

“I am enjoying being part of a new industry and learning new skills. I can also use the skills I have gained over the years to help develop the team here.

“It’s a new challenge for me and one I am very excited about. I want to help the team grow and build on the outstanding work carried out here every day.”

Chris, a keen rugby player and former coach at Kendal Rugby Club, has gained a leadership and management diploma in addition to his degree in natural sciences from Durham University.

Mark Telford, the managing director of Forth, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the team and we are excited to see how he can help drive the company forward.

“Chris brings with him a number of management and leadership qualities, and he is a great fit for Forth.

“We are happy to support Chris as he develops all the projects, and we look forward to him enjoying a long and successful career here with Forth.”

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