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South West Section

IGEM has a network of Sections that enhances membership by offering a local perspective and enabling involvement with issues in and around the gas industry. The Sections are run by volunteers who organise a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events and networking opportunities.

Each Section has its own Chair and Secretary to deal with any queries you may have within your area.


The Section Committee

Chris Clarke, South West Section Chair

Chris Clarke website

A Chartered Engineer and experienced operations manager, Chris has over 30 years' experience within the UK gas industry. This has included posts in design, construction and safety prior to becoming Director of Asset Management, Safety and Environment at Wales & West Utilities. Chris has a BSc Honours degree in Natural Gas Engineering, is a Chartered safety professional (CMIOSH), a Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (FIGEM) and a past President of IGEM. Chris is responsible for Wales & West Utilities HS&E team, the asset investment team, system operation team and leads the company's Future of Energy work.

Chris' goals and aims for the year are to maintain a successful South West Section and run a series of inspiring and interesting events through the year.


Pip Wrenn, Immediate Past Chair

Pip started her engineering career with a graduate role at Powerco, the second largest gas distribution company in New Zealand. After over four years in the New Zealand industry,she moved to the UK for broader job opportunities and the chance to travel around Europe. A chemical engineer by training (University of Canterbury, NZ) she is now a Chartered Engineer with both IPENZ and IGEM. Pip has been working for the past two years for Wales & West Utilities (WWU).

Pip's role with WWU is in the Asset Strategy and Performance team with a focus on the development and implementation of the new Network Outputs Methodology (NOMs or monetised risk, as it is more commonly known).

She has been an active member of NZIGE and IGEM for six years and feels that she has "reaped the benefits of my professional memberships".


Contact Details

Chairman: Chris Clarke

Secretary: Stacy Griffiths



Section Events

For information on the South_West District Section events please see the events calendar by clicking here