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Engineer’s lifetime achievement accolade

A power worker from Chingford who is passing on his expertise on to the next generation, has been recognised for over 50 years’ excellent service.

From Press releases - 30 October 2019 12:00 AM


Ralph Jolley, based at UK Power Networks’ office in Bidder Street, near Canning Town, won the lifetime achievement award category in the company’s annual awards.

The 68-year-old who helps to keep the lights on for several London areas, also acts as a father figure to younger workers. He joined the company over 50 years ago as a craft apprentice and has worked across various departments in the organisation since.

Picking up his award, he said: “I was dumbfounded to have won if I’m being totally honest. I thought there were other people more deserving than myself but it’s still a great feeling to have to this award. It’s great to be recognised for my work, and my family and friends have evidence of how committed I’ve been to the company since joining in 1968.”

The company’s ‘Living our Values’ recognition scheme enables employees to nominate their colleagues and celebrate achievements, and the shortlist is built from year-round nominations.

Ralph’s colleague Kevin Scarpenter said: “Ralph passes his knowledge and expertise onto everyone. He is a real asset, a great mentor and an exceptional team member. This award is well-deserved for his years of dedication and father-like approach to his colleagues and peers alike.”