Published on 09-Jan-2021

BINDT appoints founding Chair of new NDT Leadership Forum

BINDT appoints founding Chair of new NDT Leadership Forum

The British Institute of NDT (BINDT) Advisory Group on Strategic NDT Leadership has appointed Mark Dowell as founding Chair of the NDT Leadership Forum.

The objective of the NDT Leadership Forum is to provide an effective, independent and long-term national forum that can: 

Brief government and influence other engineering professions about the benefits of non-destructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring (CM) and structural health monitoring (SHM); 

Advise on future supply of well-trained personnel to meet the NDT, CM and SHM requirements of Industry 4.0 and beyond; 

Capture the NDT, CM and SHM requirements from each industry sector to better inform R&D strategy and calls for proposals across the technology readiness levels;

Initiate protocols, best practice guides and standards to underpin technology transitioning, including for technology and technique qualification, and training.

The Forum will bring together stakeholders from professional engineering institutes and key industry sectors, together with the research and development community, to address the above objectives.

BINDT has set up an Advisory Group on Strategic NDT Leadership to support the establishment of the Forum, including identifying a founding Chair and supporting the Chair during the initial work to establish the Forum. In the initial phase, the NDT Leadership Forum will be accountable to BINDT’s Advisory Group on Strategic NDT Leadership, but this will be reviewed after an appropriate period with a view to giving it greater independence.

Mark Dowell possesses strong all-round leadership, operational and commercial management experience and a proven track record within competitive, high-value technical, B2B and commercial market sectors. From 2013 to 2017 he was Managing Director at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), leading two very different acquired NDT businesses through integration and growth. Prior to that he was Business Manager at SGS UK, managing a business line at executive UK board level specialising in engineered assets, with input to UK policy and direction.

More recently, Mark has been providing his business development skills as Interim Business Development Manager at Intertek NDT Services, the Derby-based BINDT Corporate Member and member of BINDT’s Service Inspection Group. He was previously a Board Director at the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFED) and is currently active on several BINDT committees, including Council.

Professor Robert Smith, Director of the UK Research Centre in NDE, whose vision inspired the establishment of the Leadership Forum, said of the appointment: “BINDT identified a need to become more involved strategically in the industry and, amongst other things, brief government, capture future requirements and influence other engineering professions about the benefits of NDT, CM and SHM and to update the landscape report that was presented to the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK in 2014.

“Mark Dowell’s valuable knowledge and experience will help to establish a cross-institute, cross-sector NDT Leadership Forum, including representation from relevant engineering professions and most sectors that use or would benefit from improved NDT, CM and SHM. We are thrilled about Mark’s appointment and wish him well in this exciting initiative.”

 Mark Dowell, founding Chair of the NDT Leadership Forum


The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is a UK-based professional engineering institution working to promote the advancement of the science and practice of non-destructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring (CM), diagnostic engineering and all other materials and quality testing disciplines. Internationally recognised, it is concerned with the education, training and certification of its members and all those engaged in NDT and CM and through its publications and annual conferences and events it disseminates news of the latest advances in the science and practice of the subjects. For further information about the Institute and its activities, visit

What are NDT and CM?

Non-destructive testing is the branch of engineering concerned with all methods of detecting and evaluating flaws in materials. Flaws can affect the serviceability of a material or structure, so NDT is important in guaranteeing safe operation as well as in quality control and assessing plant life. The flaws may be cracks or inclusions in welds and castings or variations in structural properties, which can lead to a loss of strength or failure in service. The essential feature of NDT is that the test process itself produces no deleterious effects on the material or structure under test. The subject of NDT has no clearly defined boundaries; it ranges from simple techniques such as the visual examination of surfaces, through the well-established methods of radiography, ultrasonic testing and magnetic particle crack detection, to new and very specialised methods such as the measurement of Barkhausen noise and positron annihilation spectroscopy.

Condition monitoring (CM) aims to ensure plant efficiency, productivity and reliability by monitoring and analysing the wear of operating machinery and components to provide an early warning of impending failure, thereby reducing costly plant shutdown. Condition monitoring originally used mainly vibration and tribology analysis techniques but now encompasses new fields such as thermal imaging, acoustic emission and other non-destructive techniques. The diagnostic and prognostic elements, in addition to increasingly sophisticated signal processing, is using trends from repeated measurements in time intervals of days and weeks.

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The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road

Northampton NN1 5NX, UK

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