Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC), a UK-based cylinder manufacturer, has promoted a current employee to become the company’s first ever Director of its Integrity Management (IM) division.

Ex-Army Commander, Stephen Butler, will be the first employee to take charge of CSC’s service-based business unit, which inspects and tests safety-critical high-pressure gas cylinder and tube installations in semi-submersible rigs, dive support vessels, submarines and other major gas storage facilities around the world.

Butler previously served as a repair team Commander in the British Army and completed active service in both the Middle East and Northern Ireland, before working at the Sheffield-based business for 10 years as both an International Development Manager and, most recently as Technical Manager.

This newly-created position combines technical and commercial roles…The IM team is bucking the downturn in the oil and gas sector by growing quickly

His new role will include developing CSC’s customer base in the oil and gas, naval and ground storage sectors.

Butler explained the reasons behind the company’s freshly-forged role, “This newly-created position combines technical and commercial roles. The IM team is bucking the downturn in the oil and gas sector by growing quickly, enabling major customers to extract a longer, useful life from their assets. Because we inspect, test and refurbish gas storage systems, our customers gain a safe, high performance from their assets for longer.”

Mick Pinder, Managing Director of the corporation, sang the praises of the new superintendent, “The integrity team’s remit is highly technical and resolutely commercial. Stephen is a natural leader, has an excellent track record, contributed greatly to the IM team’s initial launch, and is taking responsibility for extending its reach and reputation globally.”