A Day in the Life - Richard Wilson

23 July 2020
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Meet the Team

Heading up the Technical department of our NSL business as Global Technical Manager, Richard Wilson has been with NSL for eleven years. NSL, an ASCO business, are lifting and rigging specialists providing technical expertise and training for over three decades.

Originally performing lifting & drilling equipment inspection surveys offshore in the UK, Richard was offered an opportunity to work in the Middle East as a Surveyor working across UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia, where he continued to work for over 14 years. The birth of his son brought him back to the UK where he was introduced to NSL.

Starting as an ad-hoc auditor and instructor, Richard's affinity for technical solutions saw a quick progression to NSL's technical department and Operations Manager. After a brief hiatus Richard returned to NSL as Global Operations Manager before moving to his current role where he provides solutions and support to clients and colleagues worldwide.

What attracted you to ASCO?

The opportunity to experience and work within a larger, diverse organisation.

What is it you enjoy most about your role?

Creating solutions and problem solving. For example, the NSL team recently identified key improvements for a national utilities provider resulting in the development of operational guidance, process control and targeted competency solutions on their behalf.

What would you say sets ASCO aside from its competitors?

The breadth and diverse nature of ASCO Group allows not only development within career choice but gives opportunities beyond.

Would you say you live by the ASCO culture?

Yes, NSL strives to provide solutions to clients that enable them to support themselves. Some examples of this are development of working practices across client facilities, coaching and mentoring of individuals in the workplace and encouragement to understand and embrace good behaviours. Our training is designed to give an understanding not only of how to work and use equipment safely, but also give an understanding of the mechanical, physical and mathematical principles behind good practices.

What in your words is the legacy of ASCO?

The people. The constant focus on developing people and client service to new and existing colleagues.

What's your most prized possession?

A 1990s mp3 player with sound quality and battery longevity that continues to outperform every alternative purchased since, much to my sons delight and benefit.