GREAT CAREER AHEAD FOR SEMBCORP AWARD WINNING
One of Sembcorp’s brightest young stars has won a major honour at a prestigious industry awards event.
Francis Kay, 28, was named as one of five Young Achievers at the glittering North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) Annual Awards held at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, receiving his award and a £1,000 prize.
The awards celebrate success among more than 500 process industry companies represented by NEPIC.
Francis, known to his colleagues as Fran, created history in 2010 when aged just 25 he became Sembcorp’s youngest ever Shift Manager in charge of one of the teams responsible for providing power and steam to key customers including SABIC, Lotte, Huntsman and Ensus.
He had begun his career with TTE on an apprenticeship course sponsored by Sembcorp, completing qualifications which eventually landed him a full time role at Sembcorp as a process operator.
Working 12-hour shifts and getting involved with as many jobs as possible, he showed great commitment and determination, successfully obtaining operator validations. Fran was part of the team that established and developed the newly installed Wilton 10 Biomass Power Station and was also the operations representative for a £20 million Steam Turbine which has been fully integrated into the Wilton Power Station.
He said: ‘’I am extremely proud to have won the award. It is great to be recognised by your colleagues and peers and I’m looking forward to a long career in the industry.”
Jane Atkinson, Sembcorp Senior Vice President in charge of the operation of the company’s two power stations, water treatment plant and other industrial assets on Teesside, said: “Francis is an excellent ambassador for the industry and for our business and to become a shift manager at just 25 is exceptional. He has a great career ahead of him’’.
The picture shows Fran with his award at the NEPIC event. He is also pictured (centre) with colleagues Simon Robinson (left) and Danny Conway (right) next to the new steam turbine in the Wilton Power Station