Ingen Ideas – First Small Company in the World to Become IChemE Gold Corporate Partner

Ingen Ideas, the oil and gas consultancy, has received a prestigious award from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for its training and development programme, as well as its dedication to the chemical engineering profession, and encouraging the next generation of engineers. Ingen now joins engineering giants Shell, BP, Qatargas, Sellafield and Bechtel, as one of just nine IChemE Gold Corporate Partners in the world, and the only one headquartered in Aberdeen.

The IChemE is the global professional membership organisation for people with relevant experience or an interest in chemical engineering and the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status. Corporate Partner status is awarded to organisations in the process industries who demonstrate good practice, initiative, and passion for the development of chemical engineers. Ingen achieved Bronze Status in 2012 and three years later it has reached the highest level of Gold; recognising its high standards in attracting, training, developing chemical engineering talent, as well as engaging with schools, universities and the wider chemical engineering profession.

Neil Atkinson, IChemE Director – Qualifications said: “I would like to offer my personal congratulations to all those involved in achieving this milestone. As a Gold Corporate Partner we will welcome Ingen’s sustained inputs to IChemE’s agendas, be they in the areas of professional development, dissemination of good technical practice or special interest, industry panels, inputs to policy on issues that affect or are impacted by chemical engineering”.

Ingen General Manager, Wayne Strachan who will receive the award from IChemE said: “It’s a great honour to receive the Gold Partner Status on behalf of Ingen. We’ve always recognised that our people are the catalyst of our success, and that engineering should be used for the betterment of society, and so it’s very important to us that we maintain a sustainable and enduring commitment to both the professional development of our engineers, as well as the wider profession”. Ingen’s HR Manager, Cheryl Newman, who leads Ingen’s learning and development programme added: “Today is very important to Ingen. It places our small company amid huge engineering organisations, and we’re delighted that the IChemE has recognised the role that Ingen has to play on the world stage regardless of our comparatively smaller size. At Ingen we have 50 people, and are the only IChemE Gold Corporate Partner with less than 1,000 employees. I hope that other small organisations considering working towards partnership with the IChemE are encouraged by our success to take that step forward.”