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20th Mar, 2019  |  General News

Another Strategic Appointment To Add To Our Expanding Family

We are delighted to announce another key appointment to bolster our Engine for Growth goals. One of Kentech's Centres of Excellence is Construction & Hookup Services (CHU), which has been the base of our service offering for many years, providing specialist Electrical, Instrumentation and Telecommunications construction and hook-up services on some of the world’s largest and most complex projects. As we continue to expand this service line, we are delighted to announce the arrival of Ivor Harrington as Global Business Development Director for our Construction & Hook-Up Service Line (CHU). Ivor joins us with more than 30 years of industry experience and a proven track record in delivering success, in locations as far and wide as the Americas, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. He has held senior roles with organisations such as KBR and Fluor, amongst others. Ivor will be based in Dubai but will travel extensively throughout the world, so many of you will have the opportunity to meet him soon. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming him to the Kentech family and wishing him every success in his new role.

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17th Mar, 2019  |  General News

Damian O'Gara Talks About The Future of I.T. in Kentech

Huge congratulations to our Damian O'Gara, Group IT Director, who was recently awarded an honoree of The Titan Badge of Honor at The Future IT Summit in Dubai. Take a moment to read Damian's article in the March edition of The Titans magazine here. It provides a good insight into how the plans he has for the future of IT within Kentech will help us to achieve our Engine for Growth.

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8th Mar, 2019  |  General News

International Women's Day Celebrations - Sarah Kent

The final installment of our series of features on some of the amazing women we have in Kentech is our CEO, Sarah Kent.  Sarah brings a perfect balance of heart and tenacity to everything she does and her story goes some way to explain that. "As a female studying and working in a male dominated industry I have been asked on many occasions “What is it like to be a female in such a male dominated environment?”  This is a rather interesting question for me as I have nothing to compare it with, I can only share some of my experiences and what I have learned along the journey so far… At junior school I was told that I had a natural talent for maths and numbers, yet at senior school I was told that I couldn’t do physics and applied maths as these were classed as boy’s subjects and not something that girls did. In my last year in school I was told by my career guidance counsellor that an engineering degree suited my interests and grades, yet as an engineering student I was told by the Dean of Engineering that this wasn’t a place for girls and the majority of us would fail. As a young engineer I was told that I was hired because I had the technical skills, was determined and had a positive approach, yet as a sales engineer I was told that I wouldn’t be successful unless I acted like a man. When I took on the business development role at Kentech I was told that it wasn’t a job for a woman, however I was also told that I was able to build strong relationships with our clients and certain clients preferred to see me rather than my male colleagues.  When I became a mother I was told that I wouldn’t be able to do my job as CEO given the amount of travel that my role demands, and I thankfully had many members of the team kindly offer assistance to help make it a success. I have been told a lot of things, by both men and women that I can and can’t do.  I believe that most of the people who have shared these opinions and advice with me over the years have meant it in a very genuine way, sharing from their own experiences and perspectives.  However, I have learned that I, like each and every one of us, am on my own individual journey in life.  No two lives are the same, nor should they be. Have these and all of the other thousands of experiences shaped me to the person that I am today? Definitely. So, what’s it like? I love the challenge and the expanse of culture and people in the industry. I love working with people and the nomadic nature of the work, but yet it feels like a community. I love the fact that I get to be part of something that aims to positively impact thousands of lives. Yes, there are challenges, good days and bad days, the travel and time away from home can be hard. So, for me, it is as simple as this.  I do what I do because I am me, a woman, a wife, a sister, a CEO, an aunt, a mother, a daughter, a colleague, a friend and a human being that is striving to grow, learn and use all her skills to be fulfilled, make a difference and enjoy her life. I think that there is so much focus in the world today on all the things we can and can’t do in life and the differences between people when really we should all be embracing these wonderful distinctions and wide-ranging experiences so as to gain wider perspectives, ideas and solutions. I am looking forward to us all celebrating International Men’s day on the 19th of November!"

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7th Mar, 2019  |  General News

International Women's Day Celebrations - Namilya Yergalieva

My name is Namilya from Kazakhstan and I have a 10 year old son who is my world.  I work in the field of HSE for Kentech as their IIF Coordinator on the Tengiz plant.  The heart of IIF is about caring for each other, and this is why I feel like this role suits my personality down to ground.  I care about people and I want my teammates to be safe, healthy and happy.  I love that I get to do a job everyday that is all about bringing out the best in people, celebrating their achievements and driving positive change in the way we all think about how we work on a daily basis. I do work in a male dominated environment and I won’t lie, at times it did feel pretty strange at first.  But in no other aspect of my life have I ever seen gender imbalances, so I quickly got past that flash of internal dialogue in my head and got on with the task of integrating myself in to the team, just like you would any other.  I can honestly say I have been welcomed with open arms into this wonderful Kentech family, my second family as I call them.  I have received nothing but support and respect from my peers and managers, who have guided me and mentored me to succeed in my work and for that I am truly grateful.  They never saw any issue with the fact that I am a woman and why should they? If anything, my nurturing nature makes me better at my job. I feel so proud that I am playing my part in delivering our ‘We Are Family’ culture so that all my colleagues return home safely and am confident that in return my colleagues keep me safe so I can return home to my son.

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6th Mar, 2019  |  General News

International Women's Day Celebrations - Yulia Ratnikova

Yulia Ratnikova has recently joined our Sakhalin team as Metrology Engineer and we’re very pleased to have her story included in our series for International Women’s Day today. "I have been working as a Metrology Engineer for over 12 years now. As a kid, like most people, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be when I grew up but I had a cousin who was fond of technology. I liked to help him and I guess this was how I discovered how much I liked working with equipment and appliances. I’ve had a varied career working in locations across Russia and have always found my work interesting and versatile. I think that’s what I like the most about it. I’ve never felt treated any differently because I am a woman, and I’ve worked in some pretty extreme environments. I was once posted on a project in Murmansk, located in extreme northern Russia, beyond the Arctic Circle. What was particularly unusual is that the whole team lived on a ship. I had my own cabin but there was a massive sense of team camaraderie, especially at mealtimes when we all came together to eat in the ship’s galley. I even experienced a polar day during my trip where the sun did not set at all and it was light day and night. The rest of the team was all male but it was a solid team. We all helped each other through any difficulties in order to execute our work within a pretty challenging timescale. I hope I can continue to achieve professional growth and self-improvement and this year I also plan to learn new languages. In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8th March, I want to wish all women spiritual warmth and love and hope that they also get to experience fulfilling work with supportive colleagues, male or female."

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