4 Nov 13

Industrial Chaplain retires from Heysham role

STAFF from Heysham power station paid their tributes to retiring industrial chaplain Rev David Tickner in a farewell lunch held at the stations’ visitor centre.

David was also given a £10,000 cheque for St Peter’s church roof appeal as a ‘retirement present’ from EDF Energy.

Gwen Parry-Jones, EDF Energy’s Safety and Technical director, along with both station directors, Ian Stewart and Alan Oulton, paid tribute to David who is retiring from his role at St Peter’s church in Heysham at the end of the year.

David has been the site’s industrial chaplain for over a decade and is planning to continue his ministry in a part-time voluntary position in Sussex following this retirement.

Gwen Parry-Jones, a former Heysham 1 station director, said that David had already enjoyed a ‘legendary military career’ before making the move to Heysham.

She highlighted the wealth of knowledge and experience that he brought from his military background to both Heysham stations.

Gwen then presented David with a £10,000 cheque on behalf of EDF Energy, as a donation towards the St Peter’s church roof appeal.

After meeting with Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy’s chief executive, in July at Heysham's Visitor Centre opening, David made a light hearted joke about Vincent donating to the church roof appeal.

This conversation clearly struck a chord with Vincent, and as a gesture of his appreciation of David’s support for both stations over the years he decided to make the donation.

Ian Stewart presented David with a piece of Heysham 1 plant and commented on the support he has provided staff in difficult times.

He said: “Staff at both sites had the privilege of your special attention at times when they were perhaps facing some pressure and that has made a real difference to people here at the stations.”

David also received a signed photographic montage from Alan Oulton of the two stations and views of the area, by former Heysham 2 employee Dave Rush.

Alan added: “You have been extremely valued on site to all you have been in touch with over the years. We wish you well in your new challenge.”

After gratefully receiving the gifts, David thanked those who had gathered for the lunch.

“From day one I have been seen as a member of your team and that has meant I have been accepted on site.

“This is an extraordinary community, professional and dedicated and one that develops amazing comradeships

Notes to editors

£10,000 for Heysham church roof appeal

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/