Network manager Martin Hawkins from Crowborough is celebrating 40 years in the electricity industry.
Martin started his career as an engineering apprentice with London Electricity Board and worked in network construction, faults and planning and managed power supplies.
UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains power supplies in this part of the country, honoured his long service at a 40+ Club event for employees who have notched up four decades of continuous service.
I enjoy the technical challenges of the job and the teamwork and that’s why I want to carry on working. I thoroughly enjoy it. Computerisation of the industry has been the biggest change and I was involved in bringing in new systems. The way we operate the network via control diagrams is different today. It was a wall board with pins on a diagram, whereas now it’s electronic. It has made the network safer to operate and more reliable.
Basil Scarsella, chief executive of UK Power Networks, said:
We like to recognise and celebrate the dedication and expertise of our employees, many of whom have lived and worked in the areas we serve for a long time. Their work keeping the lights on is usually carried out behind the scenes, but it is very valuable in helping everyday lives run smoothly and contributing to the success of local economies.