2015 has been full of achievements and challenges; we began this year as a bigger and better business, with a clear mission of what we want to achieve.

The combination of two large businesses has created great strategic value as we expanded our skills, capabilities, geographical presence and customer base. Our customer relations and excellent execution skills have won some remarkable contract awards in 2015, while we have nurtured and enhanced relationships with our existing and potential clients.

We have completed the formal integration process as planned and harmonised many of our policies, procedures and processes, as well as our systems. We have been embedding our new Operating Model within the organisation, including assuring the integral use of our High Value Engineering Centre. Despite the prevailing market conditions in our core oil & gas area, we are on the right track - but there are still areas which we need to address.

We are prepared for the future – we have a strong team of skilled people. I do find it rewarding that when I visit our offices, I sense the united spirit and pride of Amec Foster Wheeler as one business. In addition, we have a clear plan that will help us overcome all obstacles that may come our way due to unfavourable markets - which will remain tougher for even longer.

In the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the year of the Red Monkey which is associated with competition and challenge. I think we will have plenty of those; however, how we will tackle them will sort the winners from the pack - by being more agile, flexible and responsive, and by delivering excellence on our projects, day in, day out, with no compromise on safety.

I would like to publicly thank each of my 40,000 Amec Foster Wheeler colleagues for their dedication and focus this year and for the teamwork which will see us successfully serve our customers' future needs.

I wish everyone reading this blog Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year, with a lot of health, satisfaction and joy.