REDS New Head of Fuel and Power: Ryan Friend

We’re excited to introduce Ryan Friend, who has recently transitioned to head of our Fuel and Power team at REDS. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to catch up with Ryan and learn more about his new role, as well as his journey to this position.

How did you come to work in the Fuel industry?

I grew up watching my dad being a practical person. It gave me respect for mechanical works and I wanted to be able to feel the satisfaction of building something and putting things together to make a system work when I grew up. I was also very adept with IT and felt there was a potential career path for me there. After I left university, I wanted to be able to do something that fell into that bracket, so I started working as a camera operator inspecting underground fuel tanks across the UK. This eventually branched into vacuum testing of underground fuel tanks and pipework, and installations of fuelling equipment, and on until I am where I am today.


What does your new role entail?

As the head of this department, it is my responsibility to oversee and manage the relationships with the customers that we provide our services to. I liaise with potential new customers and correspond with other heads of department to ensure that all aspects of REDS Group’s services are at the forefront of customer’s minds when looking for a potential supplier. I am looking to expand on our existing team to provide greater numbers of services to customers, and I work closely with the teams running the operations, reporting, and quotations aspects of our department to ensure that things are running smoothly.

What are you excited about, what do you want to achieve in your new role?

I am excited about expanding the department to provide more services, training new engineers and working with new and updated equipment. Finding new customers to provide services to, and expanding our provision of works to existing customers.


Tell us a bit more about NDT testing?

I provide ultrasonic non-destructive testing services, to determine whether there has been any loss of thickness to the walls of fuel tanks and pipework. This can help tank owners and operators get an overview of the health of their installation, which may have degraded over time, environment, and/or damage. NDT testing enables fuel tank owners to catch problems with their installations before leaks can occur, mitigating environmental damage and avoiding costly clean-up works.

Is there anyone you consider a mentor who has helped you on your career path?

When I started working in the industry my first line manager was Andrew Murch, and he has been the biggest influence on my way of working and the things that I have learned since starting out. We have worked together on-and-off for well over a decade now, and he is one of my first port-of-calls whenever I have questions!

The fuel industry is constantly evolving. Are there any specific trends you’re watching that might impact Fuel and Power?

The transition to greener fuels and the additional usage of additives and bio-contents of fuels means that clients are experiencing a heavier build-up of contamination in their fuel storage facilities. This may lead to more requirements for fuel polishing at fuel storage facilities, to mitigate blocking of filters and damage to oil-fired equipment. There is also a push to understand the regulations of oil storage facilities, and owners are more proactively looking to have their installations inspected to find out whether they are compliant and to have remedial works completed.

Date Posted: 18/06/2024


REDS Group Team