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Former P&J editor joins Texo DSI board

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Texo DSI (UKCS), the dedicated offshore division of Texo Drone Survey and Inspection Limited has appointed Damian Bates as non-executive director to help it grow its presence in the global energy sector.

The company which owns and operates the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles for industrial applications has established an impressive presence in the North East over the last 12 months. Highlights include: Carrying out the world’s first survey-grade LiDAR survey of an offshore asset. Texo also signed a six figures sponsorship deal with Aberdeen Football Club.

Damian Bates will provide strategic support for the business as it enters a period of rapid international growth.

Damian Bates was formerly the Editor of the Press & Journal newspaper and is an award-winning journalist with over 25 years in media, ten as a senior editor, dealing with business change, digital transformation and reputation management as well as producing ground-breaking, highly successful and profitable newspapers, digital platforms and associated products.

Damian is a published author, seasoned commentator and accomplished public speaker. He is a former chairman of the Scottish Newspaper Society’s editors’ committee, a recent member of the Editors’ Code Committee which produces the rules UK journalists abide by.

He is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation panel, visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and Chairman of Fifth Ring an international business-to-business marketing company.

Damian Bates said on his appointment: “I have been captivated with the Texo team and their innovative and truly exciting technology that will prove to be a game changer for the North Sea and beyond.”

Damian added: “I relish seeing people coming to market with different ideas and disrupting the status quo and I’m really looking forward to helping the business progress further.”

Texo DSI (UKCS) has a market-leading UAV-deployed survey and inspection offering for the global energy sector.

Since its inception, the precision data acquisition specialist has made a multi-million pounds investment in a fleet of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles and associated payload sensors for industrial survey and inspection, alongside the development and implementation of its asset management TEXZONE software platform and the very best process and quality management systems. Texo DSI has also been recognised for bringing to market a number of world-first UAV-integrated technologies.

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