Jim Kennedy - Technical Director
I started my working career as an apprentice welder in a busy maintenance department. This enabled me to become familiar with most welding techniques and processes. This gave me a good grounding to further my career.
Soon after the completion of my apprenticeship and at the tender age of 23, I decided to further my full time education and gained a HNC in Mechanical Engineering along with personal Industrial Qualifications in NDT.
This allowed me to enter the world of NDT and helped me in my decision to choose NDT as a full time career at British Engine, who at the time were leading exponents of all NDT techniques. My progression through the ranks enabled me to gain experience in both new construction and in-service inspections. Most of my experience was obtained at several nuclear and non-nuclear power stations around the United Kingdom.
After several years living from a suitcase I was offered a job in British Engine’s Laboratory facility in the North West of England utilising my skills and problem solving on some of the UK’s leading projects both Nuclear and Aeronautical.
In 1997 I left what had developed into Royal Insurance’s Engineering Division, and joined Allianz , where I became Lead NDT and Project Engineer. Responsibilities within this position dictated that I develop a team of NDT technicians to enable us to undertake high integrity inspections on pressure (PED) and nuclear applications. In 2002 I returned to Royal & SunAlliance Insurance as Senior NDT Engineer. Here I was tasked with creating an on-site/in-service NDT Division along with developing advanced NDT techniques and methodologies for complex and challenging inspections in both the UK and abroad.
In 2012 I decided a new challenge was what was required and accepted a position as Technical Director at Bolton NDT and Inspection Limited. Here I intend to develop new talent through training and passing on my knowledge and experience and consolidate what is already a forward looking and progressive company.
PCN 2 E1 Welds
PCN 2 R Interpreter
PCN 2 Phased Array
PCN 2 U 3.1, 3.2, 3.8, 3.9
PCN 2 U Castings
PCN 2 U TOFD
PCN U Forgings
PCN 2 M
PCN 2 P
PCN 2 R Castings
PCN 3 R
PCN 3 M
PCN 3 P
PCN 3 UT
PCN RPS Radiation Protection Supervisor
Gary Wheeler - General Manager
I started my engineering career as an apprentice welder at Edbro Ltd in Bolton. After the first 12 months I was moved onto the Mechanical and Maintenance Division where I trained as a mechanical fitter. This part of my career gave me a good welding and mechanical understanding.
After 5 years I moved to Moses Gate Welding Works Ltd where I stayed for the next 21 years, progressing to General Manager. My responsibilities covered welding production management and inspection, industrial painting and inspection, quality and environmental management and human resources management. This experience gave me a broad background from an engineering perspective into industries such as motor car manufacturing, glass manufacturing, light and heavy engineering and packaging development.
In 2007 I joined Petrofab (UK) Limited as a Contracts Manager, dealing with all aspects of engineering contracts from initial customer contact to final sign off. These contracts involved clients from the construction, food manufacturing, storage tank and pressure vessel manufacture, bridge construction and landscaping sectors.
In 2012 I was offered my present position as General Manager at Bolton NDT and Inspection Limited to oversee the day to day activities and long term advancement of the Company. It is a position that will present new challenges and a chance for me to learn new skills. I aim to utilise my experience spanning over 35 years to help the team to continue to grow the business by maintaining existing long term client relationships and seeking opportunities with new customers.
PCN 2 W I
John Turner - Welding Engineer
Having started my apprenticeship at 15 in 1971 at power generation equipment manufactures – International Combustion Ltd, Superheater Works in Trafford Park Manchester I began to train as a welder and at 18 was coded to the CEGB standard for pipe gas welding.
Upon completion of my apprenticeship I then went to work for Babcock & Wilcox Ltd I became what was known as a journey man and at the age of 20 was working on coal fired and nuclear power stations throughout the UK.
Married in 1979 and looking for a “home friendly” job, I began employment with Shell Chemicals (UK) Ltd at the Carrington Site until 1986 when the business was completely re structured to employ mainly sub contract engineering tradesman.
Whilst working at Dresser – Rand (UK) Ltd in the late 1980’s an opportunity to work in inspection for the Quality Control Department became available and two years later I was promoted to Welding Engineer.
Since that time I have held various Quality Assurance Manager and Welding Engineer positions and during the 1990’s I was both secretary and chairman of The Welding Institute, Manchester Branch.
In recent years I have gained various qualifications which include Nebosh GC, CSWIP 3.1 & CSWIP 3.2 Senior Welding Inspector, PCN Level 3 Welding Inspection and European Welding Specialist.
Now in the final decade of my working life I feel I have much experience and knowledge to offer and in my current and hopefully final position at Bolton NDT & Inspection Ltd is the perfect platform to offer my services and to help & assist with any customer welding related matters.
PCN 3 W
PCN 3 CSWIP Senior Welding
EWS European Welding Specialist
Paul Baines - RADIOGRAPHY AND NDT MANAGER
I started my working career at 15 as a foundation operative at Anvil Foundations Limited It was there that I started to learn the skill of welding on various different components. After a few years at that company and some research I had made the decision to make a career move into Non- destructive testing. I started my career in NDT as a radiographer’s assistant at Frazer Nash NDT Limited in 2006 where I worked and trained hard to achieve becoming a level 2 radiographer in 2007. After 3 years at Frazer Nash I felt I had reached my full potential at this company, and I felt it was time to move on and progress my career. This led me to working for Morgan Ward NDT running an x-ray bay in a busy heat exchange fabrication workshop. During my time there I trained for my radiation protection supervisor’s qualification (RPS), which I was successful in obtaining.
At this point I felt I had an extensive background in radiography and radiograph interpretation, which led me to a role at Cameron’s in Leeds working as a third party radiograph reviewer. It wasn’t long before I got involved with the radiography that was being done at Cameron’s on the sub-sea well heads. I then became extremely interested in the offshore oil sector, which I later pursued and made t the decision to start working around the world in such countries as; Pakistan, Holland, Sweden and Norway. I soon settled in Norway where I worked a 2 & 2 rotation throughout my time there, where I worked on various oil & gas components. After living out of a suitcase for several years and gaining a very strong background and understanding of radiography and various other NDT methods I decided a new challenge was what was required and accepted a position as Radiography Lab Manager at Bolton NDT and Inspection Limited. Here I intend to develop new talent through training and passing on my knowledge and experience and consolidate what is already a forward looking and progressive company.
PCN RPS Radiation Protection Supervisor
PCN 2 RT Interpreter
PCN 2 PT
Derek Barton - QUALITY AND HEALTH & SAFETY MANAGER
From 1977 I spent 13 years at Ferranti International Computer Systems working to strict Ministry of Defence standards for Nuclear Submarines and Surface War Ships, including HMS Andrews, HMS Invincible, HMS Sheffield, HMS Manchester and others.
From 1990 I worked for 7 years as Quality Engineer and Health & Safety Officer for a company that specialised in data & electrical communications. Responsibilities in this role included the completion of site audits to ensure work contracts had been carried out to client’s requirements and specifications. Further experience was gained delivering training to engineers to enable them to satisfy site contracts that were security sensitive and governed by strict confidentiality agreements, including National Lottery, IBM (International Business Machines) & Compaq.
In 1999 I worked as Quality and Health & Safety Manager for Hays Chemical Distribution (Trafford Park Manchester). I was responsible for Quality and Health and Safety of the site, carrying out regular audits and ensuring that any corrective action and improvement plans were implemented and that all relevant documentation was kept accurate and up to date. In 2000 I joined Bolton NDT & Inspection Limited as Quality Manager and Health & Safety Manager. I am responsible for the upkeep of the Quality Management System to BS EN ISO 9001:2015 and also ensuring that Health & Safety procedures remain current and in line with working practice. Now part of an experienced and specialised team of people within Bolton NDT & Inspection Limited, it is my aim to ensure that the company progresses commercially whilst maintaining high standards of Quality and Safety documentation.