William (Bill) Herron CEng FIMechE
Bill graduated in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (1st class) – Newcastle Upon Tyne and started his Engineering design career at Ferranti Defence Systems – Edinburgh. Designing and developing airborne radar systems for Sea Harrier fixed wing aircraft and Lynx/EH101 helicopters. He then moved to Unisys Corporation in Livingston – Scotland . Designing and developing high speed cheque reading machines for financial institutions.
From there Bill joined British Gas in Cramlington – Northumberland in 1991 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer responsible for the design and development of the complete range of magnetic flux leakage inspection systems. British Gas sold off the On Line Inspection Centre to Mercury Asset Management (MAM) in 1998 and MAM began to grow the company until it eventually sold off to GE Oil & Gas in 2002
Bill spent a total of approximately 22.5 years designing the various in line inspection systems as part of the main fleet and to bespoke client requirements. Managing teams of engineers (Mechanical, Electronics, Physicists , Designers & Technicians ) in Cramlington – UK , Stutensee – Germany , Calgary – Canada , Houston – USA and Bangalore –India.
Employed as the Chief Consulting Engineer and Mechanics COE Manager for the whole business covering metal loss , crack detection, geometry measurement, cleaning , multi diameter and unpiggable pipeline inspection technologies.
Bill is currently employed as Engineering Manager at IHC Engineering Business – Northumberland and is a full time member of the SMT, responsible for all Engineering design for Mechanics, Electrical, Hydraulics, Draughting & Controls Systems functions. Managing an engineering division consisting of 87 staff & ~ 20 subcontractors. IHC EB designs, develops and supplies bespoke equipment for the subsea trenching/ploughing and Flex-Lay/Pipelay system markets worldwide and Bill holds a Resource budget responsibility of ~£8.5M and technically influences a procurement budget of in excess of £40M on an annual basis.
Bills management responsibilities include know how & knowledge capture , process & procedure design, recruitment , performance management, training & development, career development & succession planning for the whole Engineering function.