Dr Anthony “Tony” Mitchell
Tony is the Managing Director of People Positive East Africa, as well as the President of Operations in the USA, and based in our Houston office. He joined the business after 21 years with BP, where he started his career as a Research Chemist, having graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry from Oxford University. Tony’s interest in business led him to various roles in BP’s oil and gas production arm, particularly in strategy and business development, where he began to engage People Positive™ in various BP projects. He enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to join the company!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: I was born and raised here in Kenya, went to College in Scotland, and then came back. I have spent most of my professional life in the Construction Industry, before “semi-retiring” in 2015.
Q: Why welding?
A: Well, over the years, I’ve seen artisan skills slowly deteriorate and this has had a very negative impact in the workplace. For instance, I interview a lot of people for a lot of jobs, and sometimes I ask the welder interviewees some of the most basic questions – and they simply cannot answer them. Yet they have “Certificates” and “Papers”. Qualifications on paper mean nothing, if you lack the practical knowledge and skills required. In the “days of old”, learning was through apprenticeship. You learned from the master of the craft until you could do a job just as good. The current theoretical approach, with minimal practical learning, desperately needs to change. I’m passionate about re-teaching, up-scaling, and up-grading the artisans we currently have into world-class technicians. I’m tired of seeing skills and expertise slowly diluting in the workplace, and then seeing local technicians locked out of local jobs as a result.
Q: What brought you out of “semi-retirement”? What do you want to achieve with PPEA?
A: I want to be a part of bringing real experts from around the world to Kenya, to train and produce highly qualified welders and other technicians. I want to give back to my country, Kenya. I want to be a part of making our local artisans Quality Technicians who are in demand, not only in Kenya, but around the world as well.
Charles is the Operations Director for People Positive East Africa and based in Nairobi, Kenya. Charles is the Founder and CEO of Broch International Limited, a leading supplier of Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) equipment and associated services to the energy industry in East Africa, and also of Aviation Ground Support equipment. In order to satisfy the demands of the regional market, Broch has secured contracts with key international suppliers. Charles previously worked as a Kenyan diplomat based in Moscow.