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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) operations manager Glen Judge, has been appointed Chairman of the North East and Yorkshire section of IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers).

Glen was the regional secretary for IGEM for several years and now takes up the leading position of the organisation for this region for the 2015/2016 financial year.

IGEM is a professional body for people working in the gas industry, both in the UK and around the world, with regional sections across the country.

As part of his new role, Glen will be responsible for managing the numerous networking and social events which take place each year as part of the IGEM calendar including Future Energy on 5th May, The Next Generation: The Future of the Gas Industry event on 28th May, Gas Holders, The End of an Era on 17th June, the Summer BBQ on 11th August and the Charity Christmas Ball in November.

“It is a real honour to be appointed Chairman this year and I hope to help deliver a great programme which has something for everyone”, said Glen.

“My appointment was made formal at IGEM’s most recent regional innovation and networking event, which took place in Harrogate on 7th April. This year’s theme was ‘innovation for customer excellence’ where our Head of Customer Experience, Eileen Brown, was speaking on the subject. The event was really well attended as always and it was a great opportunity for guests to hear about the latest technologies and techniques in our industry.”

Innovation has been the overriding theme for the recent IGEM events. In March, Shaun Bosomworth, project supervisor for major projects at NGN, won the Young Person’s Paper Competition for the North East and Yorkshire section. This was for his insightful presentation on overcrossings, which are pipelines which need to pass over obstacles such as rivers or canals.

Shaun will now go on to the national final, to be held at IET Austin Court in Birmingham on 25th June, where he will compete against fellow engineers from around the world. At stake is the opportunity to go the World Gas Conference in Perth, Australia in 2016.

Shaun said: “I was really pleased to win the regional heat. I chose overcrossings as the topic because I’ve been specialising in these projects for the past 12 months, right across NGN’s network. I am now looking forward to the national final, and intend to practise as much as possible between now and then.”

Glen concluded: “It was great to share such a special event with Shaun who won this fantastic award for innovation. The whole team at NGN is very proud of him and we look forward to seeing how he gets on in the national final.”

NGN delivers gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses across the North of England and provides the region’s rapid response service for customers who smell gas at home or work.

For more information go to www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk