Meet The Team

The Ambassadors

Sarah Tannahill

27, Account Manager, Battleground, USA

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • IN-NAM ‘18, Barcelona Marathon, Winning DIII Nationals with my college Ultimate Frisbee team, getting the backdoor bid to South Central club Ultimate regionals and (somehow) making it to the winner’s bracket.

Graduate Message:

There is so much to be gained from taking on this challenge, and you absolutely get out what you put in. This is more than an incredible trip, it's also a unique opportunity to improve mental fortitude, grit and form friendships with colleagues you may otherwise have never met!

Sporting Lowlight

Having run two marathons and several other races leading up to Namibia in shoes a size too small.

Qualifications/Experience

I have a background in Chemical Engineering, started at INEOS as a Tech Service & Development Engineer and am now an Account Manager for primarily Caps & Closures customers.

Key Likes

Cooking, my dogs, Ultimate Frisbee, and (more recently) running and biking

Julien Nottbohm

Team Leader Cracker Optimisation, Cologne, Germany

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Running my first Marathon in Cologne 2017 in preparation for Namibia and completing the IN-NAM ‘18 challenge.

Graduate Message:

Start training as earlier and much as possible. The more you put in for your preparation, the more you can enjoy the time in Namibia. Keep in mind that there might be some setbacks on your way to Namibia and you need some buffer time to catch up with your initial training plan. Many of us under estimated the mountain biking, as the distances look not that far, if you are used to road biking distances. However, it is a different story to bike on sandy and rocky surface with some lovely head winds ;-)

Sporting Lowlight

In the weak prior to the Seville Marathon (Preparation Event for IN-NAM ’18) I got pretty ill and wasn’t sure whether I would be able to do the marathon at all, although I trained several weeks for this point. Finally I decided to go there and started in the race, which was hitting me quite hard short after the half-marathon marker and I still had 20 km to go.

Qualification/Experience

MEng - Chemical Engineering

Key Likes

Football, mountain biking, snowboarding, running, traveling and enjoying time with friends

Thomas Deconinck

Product Engineer, Antwerp, Belgium

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Completing my first marathon on a sandy underground, every single day of IN-NAM18 was a different highlight.

Graduate Message:

Start your training early enough and spread it out through the week.
The better you’re prepared, the more you’ll enjoy it.
When you find a comfortable pace it’s amazing to see how long your body can keep that up.

Sporting Lowlights

A few weeks after my first marathon I started training again for the next event.
In hindsight I can see that I started too eagerly. I also trained a lot on soft undergrounds during the winter.
I started feeling pain in my shin and after a visit with the doctor they concluded I had shin splint and had to stop running for a while.
Being focused on the Namibia event but unable to train like you want to is very frustrating.
By switching to some more cycling I managed to keep on training.

Qualifications/Experiences

The best experience I had during the qualification events was the karaoke evening in Lanzarote.
It wasn’t on the official planning we received, but it sure was a lot of fun.

Key Likes

What I loved about the Namibia event is the impressive surroundings you can run in.
You can see a mountain at the horizon and realize that’s only your lunch stop.
At first, this thought is scary, but distances become very relative and the joy you feel every time you reach the next camp is worth all the pain.

Thomas Liebig

37, Process Performance Manager PE, O&P North, Cologne, Germany

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • T3 triathlon Düsseldorf (sprint), Cologne marathon, Barcelona marathon, IN-NAM’17, Sengbach ¾ marathon, Cologne half marathon, EVL-half marathon and many different races under 15K

Graduate Message:

The better you’re prepared the more you‘ll enjoy the entire trip!

Sport Lowlights

None!

Qualifications/Experience

PHD in chemistry
5 years of experience in LDPE/LLDPE business

Key Likes

Skiing, cycling, climbing, surfing, running, swimming, wake-boarding and BBQs!

Lewis Ankers

25, Commercial Manager, INEOS Oil & Gas, Anchor House, UK

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Playing hockey for Durham University 1st team in a BUCS final and National League. Having never run further than a 5k until signing up for IN-NAM 18 and completing 3 marathons in 2018.

Graduate Message:

This is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity. Make the most of it by training hard over the coming year. The more you train, the fitter you will be and the more you will enjoy a stunning week in Namibia!

Sporting Lowlight

Losing that BUCS final!

Qualifications

Degree Physics and Philosophy

Key Likes

Playing hockey and tennis have remained a staple. Since Namibia last year, still enjoying a good amount of running and cycling (both were pretty new to me this time a year ago), which definitely helps sustain another keen interest….great food and drink! Have also become a big fan of the yoga classes here at Anchor House and love travelling to new countries and photography.

Danielle Ryder

28, Mechanical Integrity Engineer, Runcorn, UK

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Completing IN NAM 17, Barcelona Marathon and three Ultras in one year A Hike - Swim adventure in Snowdonia – 8mile hike and 3 high altitude lake swims

Graduate Message:

Enjoy it! You will experience massive highs and lows but you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve – its worth it!

Sporting Lowlight

Having to get out of the car to be sick when we were sat in a queue of traffic after a race

Qualifications/Experiences

MENG Mechanical Engineering

Key Likes

Generally being outdoors. Running and walking with my dog

Adam Greenup

27, Energy & CO2 Trader, Hans Crescent, UK

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • For our preparation for INNAM ’17 (the original and the best), we ran the Barcelona Marathon, which I ran in 3 hours and 30 seconds. As bittersweet as this was, it at least allowed me to qualify for Good-for-Age entry for London this year, where I was determined to break 3 hours. Temperatures ramped up in the week before the race, which had me panicking that I would fall short once again. During the second half of the race, as temperatures were topping 24 degrees, I could feel my pace dropping, but luckily the crown and the occasion was enough to pull me through, finishing in 2:58 before promptly falling in a heap at the finish line!

Graduate Message:

I think whatever your background, you will definitely get a huge amount out of the whole Namibia experience. I personally loved pushing myself to the limit and taking on a new challenge, but even if that’s not your thing, you’ll still come away with a huge amount of pride, a bunch of new friends within Ineos, and some unforgettable memories.

Sporting Lowlight

Back in 2011 I ruptured a disk moving a bookshelf that left me unable to play football or squash for a number of months. I decided to started running as a low-impact alternative but when I went out for my first run I was so unfit I had to stop after 2k as I was so unfit. At my park run debut the next week I was overtaken by a 14 year old girl wearing plimsolls and was battling a stitch from the second corner.

Qualifications/Experience

• Ran 7 marathons since 2013
• Completed the Ride London 100 mile race this year
• Participated in INNAM ‘17
• Had the honour of running with the one and only John Mayock

Key Likes

• Running (in case that wasn’t already painfully obvious!)
• Cricket
• Football
• Pub Quizzes
• Reading

Mitchell Clark

32, Corporate Counsel, Marina View, USA

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Participating in IN-NAM 17; The Woodlands Marathon

Graduate Message:

Have fun, train hard, this will be the trip of a lifetime!

Sporting Lowlight

Any time spent in the truck during In-Nam ’17 (which was a few, so train as hard as you think you can…then train harder!)

Qualifications/Experience

2 post-graduate degrees, licensed Texas attorney; member of INEOS Legal since 2013.

Key Likes

History books, especially books on Alexander the Great. Any time spent outdoors, especially in West or South Texas or the Rocky Mountains (USA). Travelling to new countries with my wife Sarah. Oh, and Namibia!

Bart De Ceuster

28, Production Engineer,

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • In general: finishing every sport event I signed up to. Getting the satisfaction of completing something you worked long and hard for. More specific: participating and completing IN NAM 17, finishing a 100K event and 4 official marathons.

Graduate Message:

The IN NAM project is a wonderful experience. You will and have to train a lot to gain both physical and mental strength. But when you are in Namibia you can and will enjoy it. You find yourself in a beautiful part of the world. It are full days from sunrise to sunset to test yourself, but the evenings are so rewarding! However, it’s not only the week in Namibia that counts. During the training period you have to challenge yourself to go to the next level. This will result in rediscovering yourself in what you can achieve!

Sporting Lowlights

Participating in big events is fun and rewarding. But I enjoy the training as much as the race itself. A while ago, I had a foot injury and was not able to do running or cycling for a few weeks. This felt as a very long time and was definitely a lowlight.

I studied chemical engineering at the university of Ghent. I’m employed as a production engineer which means I am closely involved with the daily operation of a chemical plant. Currently, I’m working on a bigger project which will increase production capacity.
I love spending my time with traveling. I really enjoy exploring the beauties of the world. Furthermore I definitely like to sport and for the little time that remains I play music.