Meet The Team

The Ambassadors

Nicolas Monino

27, Optimisation and Planning Engineer, Lavéra, France

Graduate Message:

Go further! Don’t think that this is your maximum. In your professional and personal life, you have to be ambitious.

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Leader of pools product like Jet/Gas Oil or Fuel Oil/Bitumen, I’m in charge of production planning, daily plant optimisation, blending tanks and dispatching product (pipes, vessels, trains). I work every day with trading teams and site optimiser in order to find the best pool strategy depending on market prices and operations constraints. My role is to link different department like labs, harbour, operational teams and trading teams in order to find the best optimisation for the pool product.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I practise CrossFit and I love it ! Trail running and Cycling as well.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
To start and finish together like a team and help each other to achieve the schedule.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Hot temperatures. I use to practise sports with hot temperature in South of France but not as hot as a desert in Namibia !

Bart De Ceuster

28, Production Engineer,

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • In general: finishing every sport event I signed up to. Getting the satisfaction of completing something you worked long and hard for. More specific: participating and completing IN NAM 17, finishing a 100K event and 4 official marathons.

Graduate Message:

The IN NAM project is a wonderful experience. You will and have to train a lot to gain both physical and mental strength. But when you are in Namibia you can and will enjoy it. You find yourself in a beautiful part of the world. It are full days from sunrise to sunset to test yourself, but the evenings are so rewarding! However, it’s not only the week in Namibia that counts. During the training period you have to challenge yourself to go to the next level. This will result in rediscovering yourself in what you can achieve!

Sporting Lowlights

Participating in big events is fun and rewarding. But I enjoy the training as much as the race itself. A while ago, I had a foot injury and was not able to do running or cycling for a few weeks. This felt as a very long time and was definitely a lowlight.

I studied chemical engineering at the university of Ghent. I’m employed as a production engineer which means I am closely involved with the daily operation of a chemical plant. Currently, I’m working on a bigger project which will increase production capacity.
I love spending my time with traveling. I really enjoy exploring the beauties of the world. Furthermore I definitely like to sport and for the little time that remains I play music.

Thomas Deconinck

Product Engineer, Antwerp, Belgium

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Completing my first marathon on a sandy underground, every single day of IN-NAM18 was a different highlight.

Graduate Message:

Start your training early enough and spread it out through the week.
The better you’re prepared, the more you’ll enjoy it.
When you find a comfortable pace it’s amazing to see how long your body can keep that up.

Sporting Lowlights

A few weeks after my first marathon I started training again for the next event.
In hindsight I can see that I started too eagerly. I also trained a lot on soft undergrounds during the winter.
I started feeling pain in my shin and after a visit with the doctor they concluded I had shin splint and had to stop running for a while.
Being focused on the Namibia event but unable to train like you want to is very frustrating.
By switching to some more cycling I managed to keep on training.

Qualifications/Experiences

The best experience I had during the qualification events was the karaoke evening in Lanzarote.
It wasn’t on the official planning we received, but it sure was a lot of fun.

Key Likes

What I loved about the Namibia event is the impressive surroundings you can run in.
You can see a mountain at the horizon and realize that’s only your lunch stop.
At first, this thought is scary, but distances become very relative and the joy you feel every time you reach the next camp is worth all the pain.

Jamie McNab

24, Mechanical Engineer, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am currently working in the Integrity Team, which is responsible for keeping the site standards applicable and up to date and provide technical support to the site. I get involved in site standard updates, root cause analysis, failure investigations and provide technical support to the site Projects, Asset and TAR teams for any technical or procedural queries that require more in depth analysis or calculations.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I spend most of my spare time either playing rugby or training, as well as socialising with my family and friends.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I have never been to Namibia before and it is very unlikely that I would plan to do something like this on my own. So the experience of this kind of challenge will be very unique to me and doing it in a completely different environment such as this will be a once in a lifetime experience.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Trying to fit in the training required to reach the level of fitness to complete the challenge.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I think the sense of achievement at the end of the challenge will be amazing. As well as develop level of enjoyment out of cycling and running that I do not currently have.

Jordan MacDonald

24, Operations Engineer, Petroineos Refinery, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Responsible for operations support to Crude Units and Distillate Hydrotreater

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Hobbies include running and more recently cycling – generally trying to keep fit

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Being able to focus solely on physical exercise each day of the event!

What are you most apprehensive about?
Staying hydrated whilst exercising in extreme heat

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Covering every kilometre of the challenge either running or cycling

Chris Baker

34, Process Control Engineer, Grangemouth, UK

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Providing support, optimisation and maintenance for the refinery’s DCS to meet HSE, reliability and commercial targets

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Hunting, Fishing and Snowboarding
What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The physical and mental challenges involved, see how far I can push myself, a good dram by the campfire each night and the camaraderie

What are you most apprehensive about?
Not sure yet… realistically the beasting my body is going to get
What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Memories from a once in a lifetime opportunity, exploring a country I’ve never visited before and if I survive the knowledge that anything is possible

Anything else you'd like to share?
I’d like to wish my colleagues well with their training