The Hugh MacColl Award

Open Award 

The Hugh MacColl Award is offered by the Institute to encourage practitioner members to develop practical innovations in any technical aspect of NDT or Condition Monitoring and to give such practitioners the opportunity to receive national recognition for individual achievements of outstanding merit. It commemorates the contribution to NDT of the late Hugh MacColl, a founder member of the NDT Society of Great Britain and former Principal of Wednesbury Technical College.

2018 winner: Ian Jones

Born in Grantham in 1988, Ian Jones enrolled on the RWE npower (BINDT) apprenticeship scheme in 2006 and passed with distinction. He then stayed with RWE npower for a further three years.

To gain wider professional and life experience, Ian moved to Australia and integrated into ALS Power Services as an Advanced NDT Technician. After three years, he joined Synergy as part of the Inspection & Materials Services (IMS) as a Metallurgical/Technical Officer based at Muja Power Station. Here, his primary responsibilities included asset integrity, risk management, guidance on inspection scope and cost management of inspection and contract budgets, making recommendations to further improve plant integrity and reliability within his remit.

Since returning to the UK in July 2015, Ian has been employed by RWE as a Lead Inspector. His responsibilities have primarily involved the coordination and supervision of both inspection scopes and assessment of heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs)/balance of plant (BOP) and gas turbine (GT)/shaftline components across the RWE portfolio. As part of this role, he has been working closely with the Gas Turbine Engineering Team on the assessment and borescope inspection on GT26 machines. These inspections lead to the development of an inspection technique with the purpose of gathering internal images to further monitor machine degradation, while also saving time and resources and improving the quality and consistency of the inspection.

Ian is looking to enrol on a Mechanical Engineering HNC this month at the University of Nottingham.


Past winners:

1989    Chief Tech G Metcalfe
1990    Mr G Elliott
1991    Mr M J Nicholas
1992    Dr S R Oaten
1998    Mr K Coultate
1999    No Award
2000    No Award
2001    No Award
2002    No Award
2003    Mr T Armitt
2004    No Award
2005    No Award
2006    No Award
2007    Mr C Ward
2008    No Award
2009    No Award
2010    No Award
2011    No Award
2012    Mr J Drury
2013    No Award
2014    No Award
2015    No Award
2016    No Award
2017    Doug O’Hare


A nomination form can be downloaded here.

Details of all Institute awards can be found here.