Mechanical engineer gears up for a new challenge!

Chris Bates joins Binnies as principal operations and maintenance consultant, bringing years of experience gained within United Utilities. Chris is passionate about reliability. His knowledge of operational engineering provides understanding of the challenges assets pose, ranging from design flaws to poor reliability, that can cause issues on-site. Chris comments, “The value of maintenance strategy is that it allows us to keep one step ahead of potential issues: adding value by improving reliability and resilience.”

Adam Johnson, Head of Operations and Maintenance (O&M), said, “From his previous roles, Chris brings knowledge and experience from both a water utility environment and through practical application of reliability-focused maintenance that will undoubtedly help to drive forward the O&M team. I’m excited to bring Chris into the group and look forward to working together to develop our team and supporting our partners.”

Chris graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a master’s in mechanical engineering, joining United Utilities as a graduate. Working at this water utility, he gained a wide range of knowledge and experience, ranging from contractor management to operational engineering, before landing in the maintenance strategy team.

New employee Chris Bates
Chris in his role as coach of Salford Red Devil Women’s rugby league team

Within his role as reliability maintenance manager at United Utilities, Chris was responsible for delivering day-to-day planned preventative maintenance service across the North West, encompassing both water and wastewater assets. His ownership of the predictive maintenance strategy involved exploring and shaping it in line with systems future thinking. The implementation of asset health visualisation tools changed the way the asset base was maintained, moving from a reactive world to a safer and more cost-effective proactive world. His other achievements include the transformation of several maintenance teams, tackling both condition monitoring and lubrication.

“I’m excited to join the progressive asset management team at Binnies,” Chris concludes. “I look forward to sharing my experience for the benefit of our clients, as well as learning from the other experts in the team and continuing to develop myself.”

About Binnies

At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole-life-cycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.

Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.

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About the RSK group (RSK)

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For over 30 years, RSK has been helping organisations realise their business goals efficiently, cost-effectively and with the minimum environmental and social impact. We deliver practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. As a client-focused business, our services are constantly evolving to directly respond to or pre-empt global conditions and legislative drivers.

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