Industry award for Derry engineer

A Derry engineering surveyor has been honoured for his “very real contribution to the future of his industry.”

John Gallen, originally from Galliagh but who now lives in Belfast, was named Volunteer of the year by the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) at awards early this month in London.

The Derry engineer, who helps to run the north’s branch of the Bureau of Engineer Surveyors (BES), is a former pupil of St Brigid’s College in Carnhill where he was encouraged to pursue his career path thanks to an inspirational teacher, Mr Gallagher.

“I joined the BES because I’m a believer in lifelong development as a way to reach your true potential, and the BES is the natural conduit for this. Engineer Surveyors work alone, so not only are CPD [continuing professional development] events important, but the professional relationships you build there are vital,” John said.

He now works as a Lift & Crane Engineer Surveyor for RSA Engineering Inspection & Consultancy, where he inspects and examines everything from stair lifts in people’s homes to cranes in factories, checking that items of equipment don’t deteriorate to a dangerous condition.

SOE Chief Exec Peter Walsh personally thanked John for his commitment to BES.

“The work done by volunteers like John in encouraging the sharing of ideas and excellence in the engineering industry has a far-reaching impact. At a time when there are fears for the continuation of technical skills and engineering within the UK, John is making a very real contribution to the future of his industry,” he said.

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