What attracted you to your career path?
“I passionately believe that we need nuclear power to combat the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced; climate change. That might sound phoney but it’s true. So I took a particular interest in nuclear physics at college and university and started in the industry the week I graduated. As for working in quality management, it came as a result of lots of moaning about better ways we could be doing things in my previous company. I remember something being said along the lines of “why don’t you do it then?” And so I took up the newly-created Quality Engineer role.”
What do you like most about your job?
“I think the key to enjoying any job is variety. For me, that could be building and maintaining the management system that the whole organisation operates to, getting stuck in to engineering projects and talking to customers, offering advice and mentoring to some of our younger engineers, helping the company manage its risks and opportunities, undertaking audits… and dare I say it, even the hectic world of tendering for new projects.”
What do you like most about working for NWP?
“One part of the VINCI Energies model that I rather like is the focus on “human sized businesses”. Whilst we’re one of the larger ones, I feel like we’ve maintained a “family” atmosphere throughout a number of changes in the time I’ve been here. There’s a high level of mutual respect amongst everyone, which is rare in many businesses.”
Do you have any interesting past experiences?
“One of the most fun things I’ve done in my career was “vessel entry” work on the nuclear power stations, going inside the reactor pressure vessels during outages to carry out essential inspections and repairs. Going down that long ladder into a dark, hot, radioactive, windy chamber is something I’ll remember forever.”
What do you do in your spare time?
“I’ve had a go at most hobbies, instruments and sports over the years. I’ve played hockey since the age of seven, have had a campervan for ten years, and I’m really into wakeboarding and surfing. If I’m sat down, I’ll probably be sipping something I’ve made myself (name a drink and I’ve probably brewed it!) “
We hope that you have enjoyed getting to know Ric! He really is always brewing something and always has lots of stories to tell from his hobbies. Catch you next week with another of our amazing team!