An associate director at Fisher German is set to focus on education after being voted Midlands chair of a key pipeline industry association. Rachel Bridge has become the Midlands chair of the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), the only association world-wide to cater directly for the needs of the pipeline industry. She was voted in at the association’s national AGM, which was held remotely via Microsoft Teams.
Rachel was first introduced to the Midlands PIG during a university placement in 2007 and has since been an active member. She is set to use her year as Midlands chair to focus on education, linking more young people to the pipeline industry and highlighting the wide range of career opportunities available.
Rachel is an associate director within the utilities and infrastructure sector at Fisher German, and is based at the firm’s Ashby office.
She specialises in linear infrastructure property management and has experience managing a fibre optic cable network measuring 2,500km and oil networks measuring more than 2,500km.
Rachel said: “I am very pleased to be voted in as chair and look forward to developing the Midlands branch in what looks to be a challenging year with opportunities for us all to develop our skills and deliver in the virtual environment. In my role I will be focusing on the integration of education links with the guild and industry on a national level.
“There are huge opportunities in the pipeline industry, and I will be working with the guild on their Training and Education Guild 2025 strategy. I will be looking to link the industry with schools and universities to highlight the wide range of careers available, demonstrating that the roles within the sector are far reaching from engineering to ecology, and surveying to legal opportunities.
“I have already spoken about surveying at a number of universities so have some strong relationships which I look forward to developing further. I will also be using my time as chair to promote diversity in the industry. It’s an extremely exciting time for the industry, and connecting with young people will be key for its future.”