Meet The Team

The Graduates

Austin Jostpille

27, Process Engineer for Acetonitrile and Hydrogen Cyanide units, INEOS Nitriles (Lima, Ohio – USA),

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
As a Process Engineer, I am responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the assets on the site, specifically in the Acetonitrile and Hydrogen Cyanide process units. I am also responsible for identifying cost improvement projects and initiatives, as well as troubleshooting unit issues. I also serve as one of the lead Process Engineers and/or Project Manager for various small to mid-cap projects around the site.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I enjoy playing and watching baseball, basketball, [American] football and golf (really any sport)! I also enjoy biking and participating in water sports (water skiing and wakeboarding). Most importantly, I enjoy going to different micro-breweries with friends and trying new craft beer!

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am looking forward to the physical challenges of being able to run, hike, and mountain bike across the Namibia desert and coastline. I am excited to see the Namibia landscape (hopefully some wildlife too!) and to stand on top of the Brandberg mountain! I am also looking forward to being able to turn off the mental brakes and being able to complete this challenge with friends and co-workers!

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am most apprehensive about running across Namibia in the heat – heck it is hot enough running in Ohio in the summer! I cannot imagine what Namibia is like! Hopefully, my body can adapt to the weather and terrain without any injury along the way.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to be able to finish the challenge without injury and have the feeling of accomplishment after completing this exciting adventure!

Anything else you'd like to share?
Having a company like INEOS that values lifestyle fitness enough to send the 3-year graduates to Africa is absolutely amazing! This challenge has changed my outlook on lifestyle fitness and is the motivation that I need to get back in shape!

Caitlin Beeghly

27, Process Engineer, Battleground Manufacturing Complex (BMC),

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am a Process Engineer over two Polyethylene reactors in PE East at BMC. I monitor day to day operations/quality and work on improvement projects.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
With the help of INEOS Energy Station, I competed in my first few triathlons in 2019, ultimately training for an Ironman 70.3! I also recently got into road biking and completed the Houston MS150 in 2019 with the INEOS team.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am looking forward to pushing myself further than I ever have before and exploring the unique African landscape, and hopefully spotting some animals. It should be an unforgettable adventure!

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am most apprehensive about potentially getting injured during training and having to slow down or decrease mileage. I’ve struggled with shin splints in the past and want to ensure this does not happen again.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I’m excited to reach new athletic goals and achieve more than I ever could have alone. The most I have ever run so far is a half marathon, so I am excited to train and complete a full marathon. I am also looking forward to doing more hiking and mountain biking, as I’ve only done road biking in the past!

Anything else you'd like to share?
I can’t wait to get started with this adventure and am thankful to have the opportunity to participate!

Cameron Sneddon

26, Process Engineer, O&P UK,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
As a Process Engineer for the Utilities Asset at Grangemouth I get involved in a variety of activities including: providing technical support to the Asset to solve process problems, delivering both short and long term projects, reporting KPIs, controlling and updating process documentation, execution of shutdown events.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Football, Golf, Mountain Biking, Travel.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am looking forward to seeing what both the group and I can achieve with the proper preparation and training. I have never been to a Desert before, so a few beers and the atmosphere with old and new friends at top of the Brandberg is something I am really excited for.

What are you most apprehensive about?
As a Scotsman, it will have to be the heat! It’s tough enough getting the miles in on a warm day here.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I am looking forward to having a real focus on fitness back in my life and improving my physical condition. I also hope to sustain the level of fitness post the challenge.

Anything else you’d like to Share?
A big thank you to INEOS for this incredible opportunity!

Chloe Broomfield

24, HR Graduate, Hans Crescent, London,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Responsible working mainly with management across Europe to carry out graduate initiatives on key processes and recruitment. As well as generalist support for INEOS Group and tracking of key HR data across INEOS.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I enjoy photography, art and being a tourist!

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting out of my comfort zone in a place I’ve never been before and good comradery.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The heat!

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
To push myself and an opportunity to raise some money for great causes.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I would like to thank the team for the organisation and to wish everyone in the team every success in their training! Let’s go!

Daniel Cranstone

24, Contract Manager, INEOS Energy Trading Hans Crescent, London,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
In my current role, I negotiate trading contracts with trading parties such as other Oil and Gas companies, trading houses and banks. Our team is also responsible for the business development opportunities to grow the INEOS Energy Trading business.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I enjoy both watching and playing sports (football, tennis, golf) as well as challenging myself through other outdoors activities such as scuba diving, sailing etc. I also enjoy travelling and seeing new places.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting stuck into the challenge and being committed to achieving my peak physical fitness. Once we get to Namibia, hopefully the hard work will have paid off and the enjoyment (or pain) can begin!

What are you most apprehensive about?
Maintaining discipline throughout training and ensuring I don’t injure myself from the running. Apart from this, it will be making sure I don’t say yes to going to the pub too much during training!

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to get into running a bit more and maintain a good level of fitness after Namibia.

David Hughes

32, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Grangemouth ,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am a Graduate Mechanical Engineer currently working on the New Energy Plant (NEP) project. The NEP is to replace the existing 1960’s power station at Grangemouth and provide an efficient and reliable steam supply for all consumers on the Grangemouth complex. My role is to provide professional mechanical engineering support throughout all remaining project phases to ensure mechanical requirements of the project are met during the design, manufacture and construction of the plant.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Walking (my Wife and I have 2 chocolate Labrador girls, Quinn & Munroe)
Running (not as much in recent times and only 10K races)
Skiing (only been once so far but absolutely loved it)
Currently planning our house extension/renovation and will be starting work in April 2021
Visiting and experiencing new places
Rugby

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Spending a week experiencing a country I never planned to visit in a terrifically unique manner with likeminded people, supporting each other to achieve a common goal. I am looking forward to sharing unforgettable experiences with the team, may they be humorous or strenuous, and creating new memories and friendships that will last a life time. Furthermore, on a personal level I am looking forward to pushing myself physically and mentally again, something I haven’t really had the opportunity to do since playing Rugby.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The customary cliché no doubt for someone who is training in Scotland over winter . . . the heat, it has to be the heat!

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I would like to have built courage in myself to seek out new physically and mentally demanding challenges. After gaining such a huge sense of achievement I want to use this momentum to push myself out of my comfort zone in all areas of my life and take advantage of my new found efficacy. Finally, I am excited to create and develop new lasting relationships with others on the trip and see how we can continue to support each other once we return home.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I would like to thank INEOS greatly for providing this fantastic opportunity! I also wish everyone all the best for your training and hope you remain injury free.

Dylan Crawley

27, Asset IE Engineer (Innovene 4) Grangemouth, Scotland,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
As one of the asset IE engineers, my roles include diagnosing and rectifying breakdowns, failures or other issues with plant instrumentation, motors, valves, or any other electrical piece of equipment. I also lead multiple projects across the asset to improve reliability, performance and compliance, as well as being a hazardous area responsible person.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
My biggest passion is board games (not Monopoly!), and I have a collection of over 200 games. I regularly play games with my partner, friends, family and co-workers. It is a great hobby, which gets you thinking about problem solving, resource management, and the occasional sabotage! I also enjoy watching a range of sports such as Formula 1, football, rugby and athletics.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am looking forward to the mental and physical challenge of completing all the tasks in such a (relatively) short amount of time. In particular, training for Namibia will show how much I can improve before even getting on the plane!

What are you most apprehensive about?
Everything! Primarily the distances and the heat, I could probably handle one or the other but together will be very tough! Having only run my first 5k in February 2020, this is a huge challenge to not only get in better shape, but also be able to push myself to the absolute limit.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Prove to myself that I am capable of achieving something I was also convinced would be impossible… and that is just the marathon before we go! I hope to use this challenge as motivation to change my lifestyle long-term to become more fit and active.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I am getting married in April 2021 (originally July 2020), and we had been thinking of going to Africa for our honeymoon, but this is not what I had in mind!

Elfie Mechaussie

29, Carbon & Environment Specialist INEOS Olefins & Polymers North, Rolle (CH),

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My job deals with all activities supporting and driving the business development in the sustainability and circular economy areas. It goes from maintaining and developing the right system to offer olefins and polymers from renewable and recycled feedstocks, to establishing, monitoring and finding ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our different products and sites.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Everyone who knows me will definitely say that sport has a central place in my life. I competed in athletics for many years at national level. I am now “retired” and enjoying plenty of other sports like crossfit (satisfying my appetite for intense efforts that leaves you lying of the floor for 10 minutes), bouldering, hiking, stand-up paddle, ski…basically enjoying all what Switzerland has to offer! I also very much enjoy having dinner with friends, good food and wine, reading and some Netflixing. Apart from that no fancy skills, except perhaps the odd ability to being able to imitate the sound of the dolphin and mosquito.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am really looking forward to set foot in Namibia and embrace the change of scene that will go with it. I am excited to do this as a group, sharing the good and the bad with the other graduates and getting to know more the team!

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am afraid of not being able to cross the finish line because of an injury like a twisted ankle or muscle tear. I also hope I will not be too much affected by the heat.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
As a former sprinter I was never into long runs, I rather loathed those! I am therefore hoping to get to like long efforts while training for Namibia and push my mental and physical limits whether during the months preceding it and of course during the challenge itself!

Anything else you'd like to share?
Really grateful to be part of this adventure!! Thank you to everyone organising it.

Hanne Schatterman

26, Project Engineer, Project ONE, Antwerp, Belgium,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
As a project engineer on project ONE, I am responsible for the multi-disciplinary coordination between the INEOS team and the contractor working on the development of one of the process plants for Project ONE.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I enjoy being active (cycling, yoga, running, hiking…), developing some DIY skills while renovating a house, sewing my own clothes… Furthermore I like to spend time with friends and family, preferably over a nice dinner.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
The views and scenery that will hopefully easy the suffering a bit.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The hot climate.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I am hoping to go out of my comfort zone and push my boundaries, specifically on the running front.

Josh Murray

26, Assistant Product Manager, Olefins & Polymers UK, Grangemouth,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My primary role is to manage the UK Ethylene network, acting as the commercial link with on-site Grangemouth operations, as to optimise the production of Ethylene and the associated by-products (Propylene, Crude C4, Pygas & DAC) and subsequently coordinate the sales of said products with the aim of maximising OPUK’s profitability. This involves being the face-to-market figure for OPUK to both other INEOS businesses and third parties accordingly.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Big in to playing football, love a run and getting in to cycling. Get myself out surfing when I can too. I am also part of an organisation called The Wave Project in Dunbar, Scotland, for which I help children with disabilities get in to the water and learn how to surf. In this way, children are able to relax and undergo ‘surf therapy’, supporting their mental health accordingly.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
It is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ trips. I have also never been to Africa but have always wanted to go…the opportunity has never really presented itself. I never imagined I would be doing something like this for my first time…Got to love a challenge!

What are you most apprehensive about?
I have had six knee operations during my ‘illustrious’ football career…’Could have made it pro but got injured’ kind of guy! So running marathons and so on may be a little challenging for the chocolate knee.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I am already close to quite a few of the guys on the graduate scheme, but doing something like this as part of a team of generally like-minded people and also with people I have not yet had the chance to meet, is something I am really looking forward to. To answer the question, I want to really feel like part of a close knit group / team by the end of the trip, push myself and others to do more than what we thought we could, enjoy the experience and have us all finish the challenge together!

Kaitlyn Drew

27, Technical Service Engineer, Battleground Manufacturing Complex, O&P USA,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
The Technical Service Engineer job involves interacting with customers who purchase INEOS resin to ensure all of their technical needs from the resin are met. Customers often have questions, or need help troubleshooting issues they have when running INEOS resin. The Technical Service Engineer role brings together customer service skills with technical expertise on the resin in order to provide for the customer’s needs, and help customers choose the correct resin for their application.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Some of my hobbies include baking, watching scary movies, exercising, and traveling. I am also very passionate about animal rescue, and spending time with my pets.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting to meet a wide array of INEOS employees from different parts of the world!

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am afraid of heights, so am interested to see how big of a challenge the hiking portion will be for me.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge? The mental strength in knowing that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Lucile Barre

30, Product Scheduler - Lavera (France),

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at PetroINEOS:
I’m in charge of a part of the optimisation of production planning and dispatching product. To find the best strategy, I’m in contact with unit manager to understand constraints of the site, but also with traders/asset economist to get the market news and opportunities.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I like running and hiking in countryside, doing some manual works (I’ve just bought an apartment to renovate entirely), cooking and the last but not least eating !

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Discover the atmosphere, the team spirit, support

What are you most apprehensive about?
The physical challenge, will I succeed to finish the challenge ??

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Surpassing myself, challenging my body and mental

Anything else you'd like to share?
Just let’s go, it’s time to train myself!

Marina Pfann

Supply Chain Analyst, Antwerp,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am part of a project team implementing an integrated supply chain planning software at all INEOS Oxide sites that contains demand planning, inventory and replenishment planning as well as detailed production scheduling. My tasks include the analysis of requirements, the setup of master data, testing as well as introducing new processes and giving end-user training.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I like to be outside in the nature – especially the mountains – and enjoy all kinds of activities, whether it’s running, hiking, snowboarding, biking or yoga.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
A great experience in a country I have never been before and at the end, the satisfaction of finishing the challenge. Also, I am looking forward to getting to know colleagues from around the world in a different setting (and I heard the food should be awesome).

What are you most apprehensive about?
Getting injured during training and carrying a 15-20 kg backpack up and down the Brandberg.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Apart from an increase in my physical performance I am also hoping to learn something new about myself, about pushing the mind and body and about do’s & don’ts in the training.

Marvin Schumacher

27, Assistant Plant Manager. Cologne, Germany,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
In my job I am responsible for the safe operation of the tankfarm, pipelines and loading at the Cologne site. Part of the job is the improvement of our performance and efficiency.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I love to do sports, especially windsurfing and road biking. In my free time I am learning new languages and travel a lot to get to know countries and people.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting to know Namibia and being involved with the team performing. Everybody is training a lot in advance to be able to complete the trip and I think it will be a great feeling to see how the preparation pays off.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The extreme climate a desert offers will be very challenging.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to complete the challenge as planned and collect good memories.

Anything else you'd like to share?
Thanks to everyone involved who makes this challenge happen!

Mathias Van den Eyden

26, Lab Engineer, INEOS Manufacturing Geel (Belgium),

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I work as the team leader of the Lab and Quality department. This includes a follow up of the analysis done in the lab, taking care of the lab equipment and guarantee the functioning of the online analysers. Another part of my job is dealing with quality control. I’m also taking care of improvement projects for the lab.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I like to ride my bike on- and off-road, used to play football and go for a long run. Except sports, I like spending time with friends and family, go for drinks and enjoy a nice restaurant from time to time.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I like a big challenge, especially on a physical way. I’m looking forward of starting the trip after a long period of training and pushing myself. That this whole experience takes place in another continent is a great chance.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Since I had a double ACL-rupture from playing football, I never ran long distances again. This will be a big challenge for myself to see if I’m still able to do this.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Enjoying every moment.

Michael Mullaney

25, Process Engineer, BMC,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I the unit engineer for Gemini at the BMC site. My day-to-day job is troubleshooting unit issues, leading long-term improvement projects that can be done under a maintenance budget, and generally supporting the safe operation of the unit.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I love playing and watching basketball (especially the NBA). I also enjoy hiking (especially in the mountains), running, and reading books and magazines.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am most looking forward to completing the challenge and getting to know my co-workers who are also participating better.

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am most apprehensive about injuries. I do not want to get injured during the training and have a long recovery period that prevents me from preparing as best as I can.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope that my colleagues and I can all complete all legs of the Namibia challenge!

Anything else you'd like to share?
I am very grateful for this extremely unique opportunity and am proud to be a part of INEOS!

Monika Jurcic

Commercialisation Manager, INEOS Hygienics, Hans Crescent ,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My current role is to commercialise the new INEOS Sanitiser Dispensers.

My day-to-day activities include:
- Developing pricing strategies
- Identifying, evaluating & implementing channels to market
- Developing and executing various marketing campaigns
- Forging pre-marketing partnerships
- Assisting with any on-going product developments
- Generating a robust sales and marketing plan

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
My biggest passion is travelling. I also enjoy most team sports, particularly hockey, as well as skiing and more recently running, cycling and amateur triathlons.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Getting to know each of the grads better – whilst also enjoying the Namibian landscapes & wildlife.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Injury – I am not the best at remembering to stretch after exercise or sticking to the 10 % rule.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I am very excited about the prospect of running my first marathon distance. I also hope that together with my cohort, we are all able to finish each stage of the IN NAM ’21 challenge.

Nick Jacobs

31, rTD Engineer, INEOS Oxide Zwijndrecht (Antwerp), Belgium,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I work in the research and technical development department of Ineos Oxide focussed on alkoxylates, where I enjoy being active at the interface between production and business. Besides guiding lab technicians through experiments to provide close plant support and develop new products, I am also responsible for the investigation of quality customer complaints. Further, business is supported by our department by answering technical queries of customers.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
Football and nature. I love to spend my time in nature, preferably active but I also enjoy observing birds behind my window in winter. I also enjoy cooking for my family and friends.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Completing the challenge as a team in the unique scenery. Discovering a new biotope and experiencing it actively.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The hot climate of Namibia.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Learn to enjoy the moment, even in hard and difficult conditions.

Anything else you'd like to share?
Let’s do this!

Oscar Zamarron

27, Mechanical Engineer , INEOS O&P USA – BMC ,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I am the mechanical engineering resource for all fixed equipment issues for our PP Line 3 unit, our PE unit Gemini, and half of our site’s utilites. I’m also in charge of rotating equipment reliability for Line 3. I support day to day maintenance activities, and work closely with operations to ensure long term reliability of our equipment. Other daily tasks include working through MOC’s, RCFA’s, and SIR’s.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I love weight lifting and spending time with family and friends. I’m a big fan of boxing, and MMA. I enjoy both watching the sport and practicing it on my off time.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I’m looking forward to overcoming the overall challenge with my INEOS peers.

What are you most apprehensive about?
I’m most concerned about the long-distance running. I’ve ran short distances before and done various interval trainings, but I’ve never done any long distance running.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I want to be able to complete the entire challenge, and prove to myself that I can push my body beyond it’s limit.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I look forward to building a relationship with my co-workers, and training together.

Sara James

24, Process Control Engineer at INEOS O&P BMC,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
I help operations troubleshoot unit shutdowns from control logic/code, create new programs to automate routine tasks, rationalize alarming to provide relevant information, and complete the DCS portion of capital projects in my area. Most recently, I have been involved in my area’s control system migration, helping develop new displays and train operators.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
I like to bake, always experimenting with new dessert recipes, and traveling with friends to see new places. My other hobby is Latin dancing, a fun workout that lets me travel to events around the world to learn and dance with others.

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I am looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment after physically completely the tasks required to train for Namibia. I have never run participated in a race longer than a 5k, so training for marathon distances will be a huge accomplishment.

What are you most apprehensive about?
The time it takes to train and complete the distances required of running/cycling is a big commitment that will change my lifestyle.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to complete a once in a lifetime opportunity and show myself how far I can physically push my body while still having fun and feeling accomplished.

Steven Gommers

28, Production Engineer, ENB (Ethylidenenorbornene), INEOS Oxide Zwijndrecht, Belgium,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
My daily job is very diversified, going from daily following-up the production and solving problems of the ENB plant to implementation of improvement projects and so on. Every day at work is different and together with the ENB-team we commit ourselves to make the plant more efficient and safe.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
As a person I am most likely interested in everything around me, and most of all in nature and technology. When I go hiking, I want to know which fauna and flora is around me. Regarding this, I apply this knowledge also at home by gardening in a self-sufficient way; at least I try to ;-).

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
I know this is a once in a lifetime experience and if I need to mention the first thing I’m looking forward to is, getting up in the early morning, putting on your running shoes, seeing in front of you the infinity of the Namibian dessert and knowing you are going behind the horizon you see.

What are you most apprehensive about?
I am anxious about how my mind and body will react to the intensive physical challenge and how I will express this to the INNAM team.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I want to know how I will react when I am pushing my physical and mental limits during the challenge, and that I can take this knowledge with me in my daily life.

Anything else you'd like to share?
Nothing else special to share, I hope that my fellow colleagues and I can reach the end-goal of this challenge.

Stuart Paterson

26, Mechanical Engineer (Machinery), Grangemouth KG Ethylene Plant,

Graduate Message:

Brief description of your day-to-day job at INEOS:
Planning and engineering major overhauls of plant main machines such as compressors and turbines. Also leading on day-to-day breakdowns and reliability improvements of all pumps on plant.

Your interests, hobbies (sport and otherwise!), special skills...
• Ultramarathons
• Triathlon
• Mountain Biking
• Spending time with my daughter

What are you most looking forward to about the Namibia trip?
Experiencing the landscape and wildlife of a country I never thought I would visit. Very much looking forward to sharing this experience and having a laugh with the others, all whilst doing the sports I love.

What are you most apprehensive about?
Typical cliché, but the heat is my biggest concern, especially running in it. I hope that I will find ways to deal with this.

What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
It would be an achievement to finish the challenge with a lot of positive memories and new friends. Would also like to gain a greater appreciation for my fitness and endurance.