Let me begin by welcoming the newest member of our team. Vicki Loizides starts as Education Co-ordinator with effect from 1 March to replace Lorna Robinson, who has left to take up a new challenge.
My colleagues and I have been amazed by the number and quality of new membership applications that have reached us during January and February – far beyond what we would expect to see or regard as normal. It seems we will be keeping the Professional Assessment Committee busy in the coming weeks! Our first Certifying Authority seminar of 2021 attracted a large online audience. Many who attended were examiners who code with authorities other than the IIMS. I am grateful to our CA Chairman, Fraser Noble and also Rob Taylor, Code Vessel Lead, who spoke on behalf of the UK maritime regulator, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.
Since announcing the launch of our new Professional Qualification in Marine Corrosion just last month, I have been delighted with the number of expressions of interest we have received so far. If you missed the announcement, please do have a look at what this standalone qualification has to offer you. It aims to give surveyors an in depth understanding of corrosion. Click for full details about the ten qualification modules and how to express your interest.