NIGEL’S HAD THE POWER FOR 40 YEARS

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A power worker from Peter­bor­ough has had his long ser­vice and last­ing con­nec­tion with the in­dus­try recog­nised by em­ployer UK Power Net­works.

The com­pany, which de­liv­ers elec­tric­ity to eight mil­lion cus­tomers across East Anglia, Lon­don and the South East, in­vites staff who have given 40 years of con­tin­u­ous ser­vice to join a spe­cial 40+ Club.

Nigel Green, now a Field Staff su­per­vi­sor, joined Eastern Elec­tric­ity as an ap­pren­tice joiner in Septem­ber 1977 at the age of 16. He went on to be­come a ca­ble join­ter in Peter­bor­ough be­fore be­com­ing a fore­man in the late 1980s.

Nigel said: “I had heard about the op­por­tu­nity through my ca­reers teacher at school. I knew I wanted to work in util­i­ties and at that time there were a num­ber of op­tions, I also ap­plied to Bri­tish Gas and Post Of­fice Tele­phones as they were then, but Eastern Elec­tric­ity took me on.

“My job ti­tle now is Field Staff Su­per­vi­sor which means I look af­ter our over­head lines­men and fit­ters. For me, it’s a vi­tal part of the job to en­sure their safety and wel­fare, if I can see the lines­men are tired, I make sure they have a break be­cause their mind­set is al­ways to keep on work­ing be­cause of the type of peo­ple they are.

“Per­haps the big­gest change over 40 years has been the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances. I started out with a bit of pa­per and now vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing is done elec­tron­i­cally.

“What has kept me go­ing all these years is the peo­ple. I like it when we help cus­tomers, but I also en­joy the in­ter­ac­tion with my col­leagues. I like mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple and over the years I like to think I’ve done that.

Basil Scarsella, chief ex­ec­u­tive at UK Power Net­works, said: It’s one of the evenings I par­tic­u­larly look for­ward to be­cause I catch up with in­di­vid­u­als that have been with us a long time.”

Nigel Green cel­e­brat­ing 40 years along­side Basil Scarsella, chief ex­ec­u­tive at UK Power Net­works

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