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New Appointment to Grow Hexham’s RED Engineering Testing Services

Hexham-based RED Engineering has appointed a senior executive to oversee the development and expansion of its specialist test services business.

Brian Valentine joins the UK-based firm as a business developer, where he will be targeting customers in core offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors requiring advanced test services and supporting technologies.

He will also be looking at taking the firm into a wider range of sectors, opening up new opportunities as part of a diversification plan for RED’s testing services.

Bringing considerable UK and international experience and expertise to this key role, Brian Valentine will be working in close cooperation with the RED team and customers, to design and deliver test programmes that accelerate product development cycles.

With a degree in mechanical engineering, he previously worked as a design and project engineer at FMC Technologies, where he had responsibility for the design and test of subsea valves for offshore projects. He recently held the post of commercial manager for a supplier of components for the offshore sector.

He will join a growing business development team, led by business development director, Toby Bailey, who said the move builds on the company’s successful track record of working in partnership with its clients. He added: “Our strategy of investing in the best people is paying dividends at a time of huge potential for us in key markets.

“I’m delighted Brian has committed his future to RED Engineering and with his commercial and technical experience, will become an integral part of the team, supporting growth and securing further success for our services.”

Established in 2008, RED Engineering (formerly RED Marine) has rebranded in a move that reflects growing demand for its expertise beyond the offshore oil and gas marine sector. Services include consultancy, supply of bespoke equipment and qualification testing. More at

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