National Grid recognises contractor excellence

Latest award winners

Every quarter National Grid recognises individuals from Hinkley Connection Project contractor teams, who have gone above and beyond in their  actions, ideas and influence; in terms of the safety, health and wellbeing, environment, sustainability and quality disciplines. Congratulations to our most recent cohort of award winners.

Presented with the Gold award were Sadina Keogh, Chris Talbot and Stuart Stevens of Linxon (pictured) for demonstrating confidence, pride and resilience, by putting forward a business case to self-deliver civil works when a sub-contractor could no longer continue with the works.  The team’s quick thinking avoided a potentially long wait to on board another subcontractor, which would have severely impacted the programme.

Simon Lukins, EPC Project Manager, said: “Sid, Chris and Stuart very much ran with this themselves, presenting the business case and then self delivering in a very productive, controlled and importantly safe manner, which is credit to the safety culture they have built.”

The Silver award winner was Olawale Illori of Morrison Energy Services, who are delivering Stage 11 Shurton Line Entries. Wale has implemented a range of sustainability projects on site, including water harvesting, solar powered security huts and solar powered lights for parking at Cannington. Wale also made change to the teams methodology, to ensure that the local water vole population were not disturbed during the works.

Two Bronze awards were presented in this round, both to Balfour Beatty colleagues. Jason Raffill and his team were recognised for going above and beyond by looking for opportunities to engage and benefit the local community and visitors to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve when they were working on the substation improvements there. New signage, improved pathways and rescue of a famous local sculpture were just some of the things the team have delivered. Phil Mundy, who has been leading the piling works on OHL South, also received a Bronze award for going out of his way to answer questions posed by National Grid trainees, being receptive to any recommendations from National Grid inspections and quick to address problems, and always seeking out best practice ways of working.

Project Director James Goode said: “National Grid is privileged to have such an amazing team working with us on the Hinkley Connection Project, all working towards the same goal of delivering low-carbon energy safely, efficiently and with as little impact on local communities as possible. I’m proud to recognise the achievements of these colleagues through these awards. Huge congratulations to you all.”