Meet the Corrodere team

The Corrodere team

Andrew Deere
Andrew Deere
Managing Director

Andrew is a Business Studies graduate from Bristol University. After initially taking some time out to travel Andrew joined the MPI Group in 1990, his family’s publishing business. His initial job role was as Advertising Executive for Drydock magazine.

Andrew now concentrates on managing the Support Office at the company’s base in Farnham, Surrey and giving direction on the future business strategy of Corrodere Academy

Brendan Fitzsimons
Brendan Fitzsimons
Technical Director

Having spent over thirty years within the protective coatings industry, Brendan has worked as Divisional and Technical Director and Technical Authority for major multinational organisations such as Pyeroy. Wood, Stork, Barrier and Jotun Paints.

Brendan was instrumental in establishing the Corrodere Academy and it is his wealth of knowledge that has been poured into our accredited training material. Qualified to the highest level, it has always been Brendan’s vision to pass on, not only his knowledge, but that of his highly experienced network of peers. His aim is to continue to develop the industry and see it grow from strength to strength.

Acquiring the highest level qualifications within the industry including MSc Master’s Degree, Material Engineering, CSci Chartered Scientist, NACE Protective Coatings Specialist and NACE Corrosion Specialist, Brendan is keen to share his knowledge and experience through accessible training programmes.

As a NACE Lead Peer Reviewer and FICorr Fellow Member of the Institute of Corrosion, Brendan is widely known and respected within the industrial coating industry. Having published the books ‘Inspectors Visual Comparison Manual’, ‘Fitz’s Atlas of Coating Defects’ and ‘Fitz’s Atlas of Coating Surveys Coatings’ the name Fitzsimons is synonymous with excellence through the industry. Over the years the industry has relied on Brendan’s depth of knowledge as a Coatings Consultant and Technical Authority.

He has acted as an Expert Witness across the globe in industrial coating disputes in high court, arbitration and mediation. He has also been heavily involved in the investigation of paint failures and disputes on marine, offshore, petrochemical and construction industries as a subject matter expert and coatings advisor.

Lucy Pavia
Lucy Pavia
Commercial Director

Lucy has worked for the MPI Group for many years and is involved with the overall operating, development and growth of The Corrodere Academy, particularly the ICorr Inspection programme and Train the painter.

David Eyre
David Eyre
Training Director

David Eyre has been working in the Protective and Marine coating industries for over 30 years. The majority of the time has been spent with major coating manufacturers in the UK and overseas. The last 10 years have been spent in training Applicators, Supervisors, Inspectors and Trainers globally.

In addition to the training activities, David has also advised on training suitability and requirements for a number of national organisations.

Trevor Parry
Trevor Parry
Coating Specialist Tutor

With over forty years’ experience in the protective coatings industry and eventually as Technical Director and then Owner of Scientific and Technical Services Ltd, Trevor Parry, is principally involved in the evaluation of paint coatings, their modes and mechanisms of failure, cause and extent of breakdown and recommendations for their remedial treatment.

Meena Tipson
Meena Tipson
Global Account Manager - Coating Inspection Training and Certification

Meena Tipson is full of energy and loves life. She is really friendly, approachable and will make you laugh.

She is the first port of call for any of the Coating Inspection courses available at the Corrodere Academy.

Caroline Shaw
Caroline Shaw
Course Manager

Caroline Shaw joined the Corrodere Academy as Course Manager in 2019 having spent the previous 11 years in executive search. She brings numerous skills to the team, along with her strength in attention to detail and a passion for business best practice.

Caroline has a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Plymouth. In her spare time, she enjoys papercraft and cardmaking, selling her creations to raise funds for a number of charities.

Caroline is the backbone of the day to day running of the Academy, she is always on hand to help our students. From coordinating access to our online training platform, organising classroom courses or final assessments; she will be the first person students get to know and is always happy to share good news to successful students.

Harry Pavia
Harry Pavia
Global Account Manager - Specialist Courses

Harry is young and full of enthusiasm. Studying at Bournemouth University, Harry has brought new ideas and a real hunger to provide the best possible service for our students looking to study our Specialist Courses.

Harry will be your first point of contact for all enquiries regarding our Specialist Coating Courses.

Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor
Global Account Manager - Train the painter

Having joined the team in 2021, Ryan maintains relationships with our training providers and is the first person who will deal with Train the painter enquiries.

Ryan is your go-to person for anything Train the painter – whether it is setting up a training school, going on a course or discovering the best way to promote your business.

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