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Young Persons Network

If you are an IGEM member and aged between 18 and 35, you are automatically part of the Young Persons Network (YPN).

With a range of events and the Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC), you can show your commitment to excellence, demonstrate your potential to current or prospective employers and boost your CV.

Some of the benefits you can enjoy are:

  • Career mentorship
  • Technical paper evenings to enhance your knowledge of the gas industry
  • Best practice industrial visits
  • Opportunity to enter the annual YPPC with fantastic prizes
  • Support for your educational, training and professional development aspirations
  • Networking with like-minded peers

The YPPC   is the highlight of the YPN calendar.  This year's winner will go to the 2019 World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi and all the finalists will see their Section winning papers published in Gi. The deadline for entries is 28 Feb 2018 and there is still time to enter so get your thinking cap on!

Upcoming YPN events

14 June 2018 - YPPC Grand Final

1 August 2018 - Worcester Bosch Factory Tour

Meet your YPN committee

The YPN committee gets together monthly on your behalf to organise technical visits, professional development events and the YPPC.

Your YPN committee is here to work for you. We are more than happy to provide advice, discuss our own careers and anything that may help you in your technical, professional or personal development. Not sure who to contact? Find out who is based in your region below.

Irish   North West
  London, Southern & Eastern Scottish
Midlands South West
North East & Yorkshire





Peter Amos, YPN Section Chair

Peter Amos


Strategy Growth Lead, Engineering & Asset Management, Electricity Transmission Owner, National Grid


m: 07768 358568


Peter has worked in the industry for six years in network analysis, asset management, investment optioneering and innovation. He is an Incorporated Engineer with IGEM and has degrees in physics and engineering, joining the gas industry through the National Grid engineer training programme in 2011.

Peter says, "I am excited to lead a vibrant section with more than 700 members (with some as far away as Hong Kong and New Zealand) and encouraged that our first event - the Young Persons Paper Competition in June - was the most successful ever in terms of entries.

"My two themes for the year are relevance and flexibility. I am keen to make sure that IGEM remains relevant to young people and offers events and opportunities that meet their needs as they grow their careers.  I am also looking to grow our collaboration with other professional engineering institutions (PEIs) through the 21st Century PEI initiative, and with other industry groups. I want the YPN to continue to provide high quality technical visits within and beyond the gas industry, and build on our first successful professional development workshop after very positive feedback from participants.

"As ever we are always looking for feedback and new ideas for events for the YPN. If you have any thoughts, queries or suggestions then please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or your local representative."

Jordan Rowbottom, YPN Vice Chair



Engineering Manager Customer Projects, Network Engineering, GTO, National Grid


m: 07967 665396


My present role entails managing the application to offer process for new connections/disconnections and diversions onto the National Transmission System (gas). Something you may not know about me, I managed the project to install the first ultrasonic meters used for fiscal metering in the UK.

Linda Mee, YPN Secretary



Events Coordinator, IGEM


m: 07985 165629


I manage IGEM's conferences and technical training courses and help the YPN particularly with running the YPPC each year.  You may not know this but I have a killer tennis forehand.

Tom James, YPN Treasurer



Asset Officer, Wales & West Utilities, based in Wales


m: 07791 197818


My job involves providing process safety advice and support, ensuring standards are maintained and undertaking assurance activities within WWU.  I travelled the Trans-Mongolian railway from Beijing, China to St Petersburg, Russia in 2017 it took me 4 weeks.




Section committee members:



Kathryn Brown - Senior Engineer, DNV GL, based in the Midlands


m: 07597 406249


My job entails quantified risk assessments for onshore gas infrastructure worldwide. I also investigate the root cause of gas explosion incidents for UK networks. Something you may not know about me is that I am trained to a professional level of ballet and tap dancing.



Daniel Finley - Senior Engineer, ROSEN, based in the North East & Yorkshire


m: 07946 558355


I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with eleven years' experience in the Gas and Pipeline Industry.  I am mainly responsible for delivering projects relating to the management and delivery of pipeline operation and management projects. A fun fact about me, Hanson's mmmbop was played multiple times at my wedding.



Rachel Hassall - Consultant, Digital Solutions, DNV GL, based in the Midlands


m: 07795 816099


I use, implement and create digital solutions for asset owners to help them manage their assets. Something that you may not know about me is that I am currently working through three abroad secondments, each of which will contribute to me having 18 months of winter.



Nick Jerman - Schemes and Development Specialist, Operations - Skills and Competence, Cadent, based in the North West


m: 07825 351999

I am currently responsible for Operational trainee programmes ensuring that Cadent builds the skills and knowledge to meet Operational demands on the gas network in the future. I have a passion for rugby and have played for many years at a national level.



David McLeod - Engineering Manager, SGN, based in Scotland


m: 07837 519009


My job allows me to extend my engineering knowledge through the management and financial control of Operational activities across SGN's Distribution network. Something you may not know about me is that I have had a hole in one at golf…on a 280 yard Par 4!



Liam Parling - Principal Network Design Analyst, Northern Gas Networks, based in the North East & Yorkshire


m: 07813 538126

I design the T1 replacement projects for Yorkshire and provide Network Analysis support for the sizing and design of pipes. I'm also the Chairman of Wakefield District Round Table and organise the biggest beer festival in the City.

Jamie Stevenson - Maintenance Engineer, SGN, based in Northern Ireland


m: 07854 666222

I am responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of the maintenance programme for the gas transmission pipeline system between Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Something you may not know about me is I started my career as plumber.



Sam Wilson - Head of UK Business Development, ULC Robotics, based in London and the South East


m: 07867 121253


I am responsible for developing the use of robotic inspection and remediation systems for ULC robotics and their adoption in to 'business as usual' practice. In my spare time I like to take on endurance challenges and recently ran, cycled and kayaked from the east to the west coast of Scotland across the highlands.



Pip Wrenn - Asset Strategy Engineer, Wales & West Utilities and Chair of IGEM South West Section


m: 07583 694191


My job entails optimising the long term asset investment pulling on my experience in both the New Zealand and UK Gas industries.  Something you may not know about me is that in 2013, I swam NZ's Cook Strait (26km) in 8hours 42mins.


Contact Details

Chairman: Peter Amos

Secretary: Linda Mee

Treasurer: Tom James


Section Events

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