John Baxter, Group Head of Engineering at BP has been elected as the new President of The Welding Institute from July 2011 for a two-year period.
He takes over from Richard Sadler of Lloyd's Register.
A number of the original Industrial Members still have a seat on Council and BP is one of them. John was BP's nominated director on Council from 2004 to 2010.
In his role as the Group Head of Engineering for,BP, John is the senior discipline engineer and Head of Profession for engineers across the BP Group including, process safety.
He has also just been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Strathclyde University.