Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

High flyer, Paul secures vital support from local engineering company

Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

Fran Cormican and Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

Aspiring Pilot, Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough, has received vital funding from Middlesbrough-based engineering company, Intelect, to help him towards achieving his dream of becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot.

Earlier in the year, Paul, a former award-winning RAF Air Cadet, was offered the opportunity of a life time - a partial scholarship to complete his Air Transport Pilot License in Dundee, Scotland.

Despite the partial scholarship removing some of the financial burden that Paul would face, financial circumstances in his personal life meant he would still struggle to find the remaining funds to cover the cost of his exams and other expenses.

Not wanting to give up on his dream, Paul’s grit and determination shone through, and he took the chance and moved to Scotland, where he began his training with premier flying school, Tayside Aviation.

Knowing how much flying meant to him, while he was away, Paul’s family and friends began drumming up support to help him through his qualifications, with some of them even completing the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge as a way of fundraising.

After hearing about his successful achievements with the RAF Cadets on the radio earlier in the year, where he received the ‘Flying Excellence Award’, and seeing that his family and friends were trying to raise funds to help him, Managing Director of Intelect, Fran Cormican, reached out to Paul.

“As soon as I heard that Paul was in need of support, I instantly wanted to help him. His passion and determination about flying comes across in everything that he does, and I firmly believe that his financial situation shouldn’t hinder his ability to do what he loves” said Fran.

Intelect’s £1,000 sponsorship will contribute towards the payment of 14 compulsory exams that Paul has to sit, and pass, in order to achieve his license. Each exam comes at a cost of £73 and must be sat in London at three separate intervals throughout the first-year of his three-year course.

Speaking to Paul about his journey, he said, “Since the age of 13, all I have ever wanted to do is become a Pilot. The RAF Cadets have played a huge part in my development as a person, and in my Pilot career, and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities they have given me – I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

“The continuous support of my family, friends, the RAF Cadets and now local businesses makes me even more determined to achieve my dream, and it’s now becoming a reality before my eyes with the help of Tayside Aviation.”

“Intelect’s support has lifted a huge financial burden off my shoulders, allowing me to focus solely on passing my exams. Never in my life did I expect this to happen to me, and I will be eternally grateful to everyone who has helped get me to where I am today” he continued.

Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

"Since the age of 13, all I have ever wanted to do is become a Pilot."


Intelect sign Armed Forces covenant to support ex-military personnel


Intelect, along with many other Teesside based businesses, have pledged to strengthen the relationship between local communities and the military, through the first Teesside Mass Armed Forces Covenant Signing.

The signing took place at Stockton Riverside College on Wednesday 29th May, with 9 companies in attendance, including Intelect, Casper Shipping and Darlington Building Society to name a few.

Intelect Director, John Thompson said “We are proud to be signing the Covenant today. The bravery and sacrifice that armed forces personnel in our country give on a daily basis is truly admiring. We want to ensure that as a company we are providing as much support and opportunity as we can for veterans as they start to build a new life in employment”.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a voluntary pledge, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces. It encourages local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community.

Lt. Col Nathan Teale spoke about the benefits that the Covenant brings, “There is growing support for the Covenant in the region. This support genuinely matters and is championed by great ambassadors and employers who help seize the opportunity as our Service personnel transition from Service into the local labour market.

They also support our Reservists by allowing them to attend annual training across the globe, which has direct benefit to their employer. Lastly but by no means least our cadets are also supported, where the vast number do not follow a Forces career pathway, by seeking apprenticeship opportunities” he continued.

Having already been a strong advocate for supporting the Armed Forces, Intelect is proud to join the growing number of organisations that have already signed their pledges to recognise the value of the Armed Forces community.

Intelect’s Covenant was signed by Director, John Thompson, and Lt. Col Nathan Teale, Civic Engagement Task Force Manager for the Tees Valley.

Glanford & Scunthorpe Canoe Club

Martin Heywood – Glanford & Scunthorpe Canoe Club

Glanford & Scunthorpe Canoe Club

Glanford & Scunthorpe Canoe Club

Martin Heywood, Senior Design engineer at Intelect’s Grimsby office, and Publicity Officer and coach at Glanford and Scunthorpe Canoe Club, has helped to secure a grant for £10,000 from Sport England for eight brand new marathon racing kayaks and paddles. Martin then arranged the official unveiling in front of the local press by Andrew Percy MP and Rob Waltham MBE, leader of North Lincolnshire Council. Martin is in the centre of the photo below (at the back with the dark glasses) with Andrew Percy MP to his right. Rob Waltham is third from the left at the back. Also present in the photo are our marathon paddlers, and watching were other club members and parents. The publicity is important as Sport England like to see that their grant of National Lottery money is being reported to the local community.

Martin has been working hard all year on the club’s River Development Plan, writing the specification, getting quotes and preparing a presentation. The aim is to improve the competitive training facilities so we can develop slalom and polo as well as marathon. The award of the £10K grant is just the start! The project includes repairs to the river bank on both sides, installation of disable access paths, a floating rise-and fall jetty and to install permanent steel wires and poles across the river for a slalom course. Intelect Grimsby have quoted for this part and as few years ago Intelect Middlesbrough installed a similar system at the Tees Barrage whitewater centre in Middlesbrough. After the marathon kayak unveiling, Martin presented the project to our MP and council leader and they were very supportive. However, there were no promises of the funds necessary, so if anyone has £130K to spare please contact Martin ASAP!

Martin Heywood

Martin (left) with the award sponsor, club chair Iain Cameron and coach Steve Burnett

The week after the boat unveiling it was the prestigious North Lincolnshire Council’s Community Champion Awards at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe. GSCC had two nominations: Community Sports Team of the Year for winning the Yorkshire Marathon league and taking our young paddlers to London, and Sports Achiever of the Year for one of our coaches. Much to the delight of our enthusiastic young supporters in the hall, we won both!

Intelect 20th Birthday

Our 20th anniversary a birthday to remember

This year Intelect celebrates 20 years in business, are named amongst the North Easts Fastest 50 companies in 2017 and are leading the field in our disciplines with a turnover in excess of £20 million per year.

To say that we’re proud of our staff and their achievements is an understatement, so on Saturday 14th October 2017, we came together as a company to celebrate our 20th birthday.

The venue was The HUB at Teesside Universities student union bar, with musical accompaniment by The Last Anthem band, casino tables and a hot and cold buffet.

The evening was hosted by directors, Fran Cormican and John Thompson, who commenced preceedings by thanking everyone for attending, followed by a review of how Intelect began, their growth and expansion, concluding with their hopes and targets for the business going forward.

Tom Blakemore receives the Charlie Baker Apprentice Award

The Charlie Baker Apprentice Award is given in memory of a well loved and successful member of our team, who sadly passed away in 2014. The award, which was voted for by the directors, was presented to Tom Blakemore by Janet Baker (Charlie’s wife), in recognition of the work ethic he has demonstrated throughout his apprenticeship at Intelect. 

A special thanks

In recognition of their support the directors gave out flowers to their wives. Miranda and Lyndsey were thanked for organising the event and last but not least Hazel Hewitson (Accounting Manager) was recognised for “being their rock” throughout the 20 years, since Intelect’s formation.

A great night was had by all

As you can see from the gallery below the night was a huge success and continued on into the early hours!

Billingham Synthonia Scout Group

Billingham Synthonia Scout Group

Billingham Synthonia Scout Group

Intelect have donated £300 to Billingham Synthonia Scout Group who are raising money for a new heating system.  Dean Weadnall, a project engineer at Intelect, was told about the groups need for support by his brother who helps out with the scout group.

If you would like to find out more about Scouting or the Billingham group you can visit their website here.

Scarborough ladies under 12’s sponsorship of football kit

Scarborough ladies under 12’s sponsorship

Scarborough ladies under 12’s sponsorship of football kit

Scarborough ladies under 12’s sponsorship of football kit

"Thank you again for Intelect’s support and sponsorship. All the parents and players are impressed with the new kit."

Intelect are pleased to announce their sponsorship of Scarborough ladies under 12’s football club.

You can visit their website on pitchero.

Intelect in the community

Mac Watson (Bloodrun rider volunteer) and John Thompson (Director and Company Secretary)

Intelect donates to Bloodrun EVS

Mac Watson (Bloodrun rider volunteer) and John Thompson (Director and Company Secretary)

Mac Watson (Bloodrun rider volunteer) and John Thompson (Director and Company Secretary)

Intelect are proud to have donated money to support the Bloodrun emergency voluntary service.

The Bloodrun EVS is a blood bike charity established in 2010. The charity is staffed by a group of unpaid voluntary bikers that donate their time to provide a free courier service to the NHS hospitals and trusts in the North East.

The charity helps to save the NHS a great amount of money every year.

To donate to the Bloodrun EVS please contact:

Or to donate online please click on the link below:

football tournament to raise money for ABF The Soldier’s Charity

ABF Soldiers Charity Football Tournament 

football tournament to raise money for ABF The Soldier’s Charity

JN Bentley, a civil engineering company, organised a football tournament to raise money for ABF The Soldier’s Charity on 24th June 2015. Intelect is honored to have sponsored the trophies for the event.

The soldier’s charity gives lifetime support to both serving and retired soldiers and their families. They believe in providing financial assistance to those in need as the soldiers are putting their lives at risk just by doing their jobs.

Intelect employees took part in the charity football tournament and were proud to say they were the runners-up. An estimated £350-400 was raised on the day. Well done to all involved.

ABF The Soldier’s Charity

Bran Sands Team

Intelect sponsored the Bran Sands Team Cycle

Bran Sands Team

The lovely Bran Sands Team have done a sponsored cycle ride from Kielder to Howdon on the 26th June. The cycle covered around 70 miles, with the first few hours of the ride in pouring rain. Luckily the weather improved allowing the rest of the cycle to be enjoyable.

The sponsored charities were Zoe’s place, a ‘home from home’ for children up to five years of age with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and Henry Dancer Days,  a charity in support of young people up to the age of 18 with primary bone cancer.

Intelect is proud to have sponsored £150, giving each charity £75.

Daisy Chain Football Tournament

Intelect Win Daisy Chain Football Tournament

Daisy Chain Football Tournament

Tom Watts, Andy Rudd, Lewis Harland, Dane Steel, Jamie Ingram and Luke Thompson

Intelect employees took part in the recent FODC 5-a-side cup hosted by the charity Daisy Chain on Friday 19th June 2015. The football tournament was played at the Power League in Stockton and was in aid of raising money for the charity.

The following employees played in the tournament Tom Watts, Andy Rudd, Lewis Harland, Dane Steel, Jamie Ingram and Luke Thompson and were proud winners on the day.

Directors and staff of Intelect are always delighted to be involved with charity events.