26 May 16

Torness staff celebrate diversity and inclusion

Two Olympic and Paralympic athletes visited EDF Energy’s Torness power station as part of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion week. 

British Judo champions Sam Ingram and Gemma Gibbons met staff and members of a local Jiu Jitsu club when they visited the East Lothian station. 

It was part of a series of events held to mark the week which aims to foster an environment in which employees share a sense of belonging, mutual respect, and support from others so they can do their best work.

Sam and Gemma both won Silver medals at the Paralympics and Olympics respectively during London 2012 and Sam is preparing to compete in his third Paralympics in Rio in September.  The fight for qualification for the Olympics is ongoing for Gemma with the GB team due to be announced mid-June.  They train in Edinburgh and talked to staff at the station and the members of local martial arts club, TF Fitness, about the importance of diversity and inclusion in creating high performing teams. 

Olympic judoka Gemma Gibbons, said: “It was great to meet the local Jiu Jitsu kids today, as part of EDF Energy’s Diversity and Inclusion week.  If the visit inspires just one of those kids to continue in any type of martial arts, or sport in general, then that would be brilliant.  Sam and I would not be able to compete at the level we do without the team we work with. The environment of our set-up out at Ratho is all about achieving success by supporting and encouraging one another to be the best they can.”  

Station Director Paul Winkle said: “It was great that Sam and Gemma could take some time out of their training schedules to come along and talk to staff and local children about their experiences in sport. It is important to me that all the staff who work here at Torness feel they are all part of the same team.  It is only by celebrating diversity while encouraging an inclusive environment that people can really reach their full potential.” 

EDF Energy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion saw the company achieve the National Equality Standard at the end of 2015; the third UK company and first in the energy industry to be awarded this accreditation.

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

Notes to editors

EDF Energy is the official partner of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and is fundraising for ParalympicsGB until 30 September.

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.