New appointments at EEMUA

Published:  04 January, 2024

EEMUA (the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association) has announced that Matt Cleaver has been appointed as Chair of the EEMUA Council and Megan Backhouse has been appointed to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director.

Council is the senior body in EEMUA setting the overall direction and policy of the organisation and the Board provides leadership for carrying out the aims and objectives of the Association.

Cleaver is Mechanical Maintenance Authority at Sellafield and has been involved with EEMUA since 2021 when he first registered on the EEMUA website, primarily for the training. In early 2023 he became a member of the EEMUA Ageing Assets Working Group, and in July became the Sellafield lead representative in EEMUA.

Commenting on his appointment Cleaver said: “I am still fairly new to EEMUA, but I see the importance of good practice in not only remaining compliant, but in doing what is right for our assets as they all have an important job to do.

“From the perspective of a member representative new to Council, I initially wanted to understand what was on offer from EEMUA, but also explore what learning, knowledge and operating experience my organisation could bring in return. Having taken on the role of Chair of Council, I am really looking forward to the chance to work with like-minded individuals to not only pursue this aim, but to help ensure that all members are making the most of the unique opportunities that arise only from this kind of association. I am encouraged by the enthusiasm I have seen from members of Council and EEMUA to look for new ways to bring value to members and improve standards. I hope to help in whatever way I can to make these a reality”.

Backhouse was the EEMUA Early Years Industry Award Winner in 2022 and since then has been involved with several of EEMUA’s working groups and in other areas of activity.

Commenting on her appointment she said: “In my time on the Board of Directors I want to encourage member engagement in EEMUA, focusing on those in the early years of their career and the benefits this engagement can provide for the individuals and their companies.

“EEMUA has driven me to realise my potential since winning the Early Years Industry Award both through involvement in EEMUA working groups and in my day-to-day job. This inspired me to pursue a position on the Board through which I can have an impact and hopefully help others at the beginning of their engineering careers to achieve their potential.”

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