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Professional Q+A: John Batey

Thu, 18 May, 2023

As part of the centenary celebrations of The Welding Institute, we have been reaching out to our Professional Members to hear their insights into being Members of the Institute as well as learning about their careers in engineering.

John Batey joined as a graduate Member of The Welding Institute 1963, becoming a full Member in 1969 and then a Fellow of the Institute in 1981.

His career has seen him work for the National Coal Board, in shipbuilding, on offshore oil and gas projects, at both nuclear and conventional power plants and in different civil engineering contracts.

His work has taken him from his native Northumbria across to The Middle East, but his Professional Membership of The Welding Institute has helped him throughout his career.

As one of our longest-serving Members, John has been engaged with his local Branch, where he attended, “Branch lectures, social events, and Branch dinners” as well as liaising with TWI staff on technical matters. In addition, he served as Programme Secretary, Social Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Northumbria Branch on the 1970s and 1980s.

You can read John’s views on professional membership, his career and some advice for his former self, here.

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