Thank you from Gail Long


During the NDT 2017 Conference and Materials Testing Exhibition in September, I was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Caroline Bull, BINDT President, at the Annual Conference Dinner. I was then handed the microphone so that I could give a ten-minute speech. At the time, I really could not find the words to say how honoured, proud and grateful I felt; yes, I was stuck for those words and had a few tears instead! I also heard somebody (a man) say quite loudly that he had never seen me in this predicament before, ever. He was right!

I would now like to take this opportunity to say thank you to BINDT, all its members and every company, together with all those employees, who actually gave me the opportunities I had from the age of 17 years old to make my life in NDT so purposeful.

In 2013, I was the first woman ever to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by BINDT and I felt humbled but also proud and honoured. Now, with the Lifetime Achievement Award, I feel so honoured and thankful that only writing it down can express how I feel. Thank you. Regards from Gail.