Antony Croston, a manager with Wood Group, has become one of the few members to achieve Fellow status by age 35 or under in the 160-year history of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The Institution has 111,000 members in over 140 countries and around 7,800 Fellows. Antony, who is drilling and wells manager for Wood Group Kenny in the Americas, had to demonstrate strong competency in a number of areas to attain the highest level of membership.

He says: “I didn’t expect to reach Fellow status until much later in my career and it is a huge honor to have this peer recognition. Part of the Fellowship criteria is commitment to professional development and encouraging this in others. I am passionate about engineering, but also find a huge amount of satisfaction in helping others to succeed. I aim to take my team to the next level and encourage their ambitions, including supporting them to become chartered if appropriate.”

Antony has been at Wood Group Kenny for four years, holding the position of drilling and wells manager in the Americas for three years. He became a chartered engineer at age 27 and eight years later, Antony has received the title of Institution of Mechanical Engineers Fellow. David Sutherland, president of Wood Group Kenny in the Americas, says: “Antony has achieved significant success in his career to date and obtaining Institution of Mechanical Engineers Fellow status at this stage is evidence of the mark he has made on the industry so far. Wood Group Kenny takes pride in the caliber of people who work within our business and as such we fully support chartered engineering activities.”