The breadth of talent within the power industry was celebrated last night (12 September 2018) at the annual National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) People in Power Awards, which took place at the home of England’s football team, St. George’s Park.
Skills, enthusiasm and commitment were recognised across eight categories, judged and sponsored by leading employers in the power industry. The awards recognised rising stars in the industry, celebrated commitments to health & safety, diversity and development, through to the highly anticipated, and sought after, inspirational leader award.
The event saw over 200 representatives from industry come together to celebrate success and promote the power industry as a fantastic place to have a fulfilling and exciting career.
The winners on the night were announced as:
- Rising Star award (Apprentice), sponsored by Northern Powergrid: Jay Churchman, SP Energy Networks
- Rising Star award (Graduate), sponsored by Northern Powergrid: Sarah Marsden, Northern Powergrid
- Outstanding Contribution to Health, Safety and the Environment award, sponsored by UK Power Networks:
Michael Bracey, Morrison Utility Services
- Inclusion award, sponsored by Scottish Power: Return on Inclusion – Measuring the Financial Return of Investment in Inclusion & Diversity, SSE
- Best Learning and Development Initiative award, sponsored by Electricity North West: Breaking Barriers, Scottish Power
- Training Provider award (Company), sponsored by SSE: TSA Europe Ltd
- Training Provider award (In-house), sponsored by SSE: Apprenticeship Team, E.ON
- Inspirational Leader award, sponsored by E.ON: John Stewart, SSE
In addition to the line-up of industry awards, there were two special achievement awards: Outstanding Contribution to the Sector was given to Jacqueline Hall, Associate Director of the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service, and Outstanding Commitment to the Sector was awarded to Sue Guest, Associate at Energy & Utility Skills.
Steve Barrett, Director of Strategic Accounts at Energy & Utility Skills, Head of NSAP and head judge*, said: “There was a fantastic array of nominations, with a variety of talent from across the industry, once again highlighting the industry is led and operated by some of the best people in the UK. Just as the finalists inspired the judging panel, I hope they go on to inspire the future award winners of 2019 and beyond.”
Nick Ellins, Group Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Power and Energy & Utility Skills, added:
“The People in Power Awards is a key event in the energy sector calendar, publicly recognising our rising stars, most inspirational leaders and those who have shown outstanding commitment to the sector. This annual celebration, taking place at the end of the National Skills Academy for Power Skills Summit, has brought together the policy makers, regulators, regulated companies, supply chain and unions who ultimately deliver such essential services to our society and economy. It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to applaud their incredible achievements, and to do so in front of their industry peers. The National Skills Academy for Power will continue to recognise the excellence and diversity of the people in our sector, right across the four nations, and increasingly show the UK’s best talent why pursuing a career in the power industry is a great life choice.”
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*The judges were Steve Barrett of Energy & Utility Skills, Tammy Bristow of E.ON, SSE’s Sarah Halliday, Andy Sturgeon of Scottish Power, Dudley Sparks, UK Power Networks, Amey’s David Tong and Liz Window from Siemens.