Long Service Awards & Apprentice of the Year

21 Jan 2014

Good afternoon everyone. We are gathered here today to celebrate 150 years of combined service by 6 members of staff, one of whom is unable to be with today and also to welcome Linda Ambrose who will be presenting the Bryan Ambrose Memorial Shield a little later.

We will now move on to the presentations…

D Plested (Broken service)

Dave’s earlier period of service was with John F Hall from 1975 before transferring to W T Parker in 1979. Leaving in February 1985, for self employment, David returned to W T Parker (Electrical) Ltd in October 199 and was formally re-graded as an Approved Electrician in September 1998.

He accepted a position as Contracts Manager within W T Parker (Electrical) Ltd in April 2003 working on the Open University and Good Hope and Heartlands Hospitals.

David is married to Bev and is a proud father and grandfather.  He is also a keen footballer, although recently has been restricted to the sidelines due to an over-enthusiastic tackle, but we won’t mention by whom!

Thank you for your loyal service to the company.

Nick Goode

Nick joined the Company in March 1988 as an apprentice and was graded in January 1993 and re-graded as an Approved Electrician in May 1996. Nick was paid a responsibility allowance for Nestle Tutbury from September 2000 and was re-graded as a Technician.

Nick is a member of the Employee Consultation committee at Burton and has been working solely for Nestle UK at Tutbury of recent years proving to be a valuable member of their team.

Nick is married to Claire and have 2 children. Nick is also a keen cricketer and plays for Rolleston Cricket Club and is a keen DCFC supporter.

Nick, thank you for 25 years loyal service.

Steve Stanway

Steve joined the Company in July 1988 as an apprentice for W T Parker (Electrical) Ltd at Eccleshall working initially under Rob Ford. Steve was graded in July 1992 and re-graded as an Approved Electrician in February 1998. He was based at Telford office and is now at MOD Stafford working for Rob Ford who thinks highly of him saying that he ‘Puts his heart and soul’ into everything he does.

Steve is married to Stephanie and they have a little girl. Steve also loves the outdoors being a former Scout, However, he is also an Everton fan, but we won’t hold that against him!

Steve, thank you for 25 years loyal service.

Darren Cunliffe

Darren joined the Company August 1988 as an apprentice and graded in January 1993. He was re-graded as an Approved Electrician in August 1995.

Darren has worked in many different areas of WT Parker Ltd, recently working within Small Works Department, on the successful Peterborough Courts project where constant night work was required and more recently on the Gresley School project.

Darren is married to Lisa and he even kept his wedding within the Parker family as Dave Jordan was his best man! Darren and Lisa have recently moved house and I understand are busy renovating their new home.

Darren, thank you for your loyal service.

Simon Vale (broken service)

Simon originally worked for WT Parker from August 1985 and transferred to what was W T Parker (Instrumentation) Ltd in October 1989. He left in August 1990 before returning to what was then W T Parker Control Systems Ltd in January 1992.

Along with other employees of W T Parker Control Systems Ltd he transferred to Pandelco Ltd in October 1998.

He briefly left Pandelco in January 2006 before returning in March of the same year.

Simon is married to Lucy and is a proud father to 2 children. When asked about Simon, Paul Grocott, General Manager of Pandelco said ‘he is always one of the main men when it comes to getting the job done’.

Simon, thank you for your loyal service.

And finally, the Bryan Ambrose Memorial Shield presentation for the WT Parker Apprentice of the Year.

This is the third year that this shield has been presented in memory of Bryan Ambrose. This year’s recipient is Dan Ancliffe who joined W T Parker Ltd on the 31st August 2011 as an apprentice Electrician at the Grantham Office.

Since he’s been with us, Dan has spent most of his time working at Siemens Lincoln under the control of David Booth. Dave speaks very highly of Dan and feels confident leaving him on his own installing conduit, trunking, cabling etc, and knows when he returns it will have been installed correctly.

Dan is a confident lad and comes from a supportive family background, he’s always been of a practical nature and wanted to be a tradesperson from an early age. He spent time with a domestic electrical contractor during the summer weeks prior to joining W T Parker to gain useful practical experience. He’s also worked alongside his father who is a joiner by trade but makes a living refurbishing high quality listed buildings.

When training officer, Nick Smith was asked for an opinion of Dan and whether he had the potential of going forward to a JTL Award he said…….” I agree he is definitely top of his year so far, I carried out his first professional discussion before Christmas and I could not fault him on any of the units we covered………”

Dan was also presented the Fred Banks Award on the 10th December 2013 by Chris Harvey of the ECA for the best level three completer at Lincoln College.

I would like to ask Linda Ambrose to present Dan Ancliffe with this award.