Career in energy takes one employee to new heights

Helicopter Observer Simon Richards

Simon Richards, helicopter unit observer – WPD

People might not think of a career in energy taking one up in the air, but that’s exactly where Simon Richards found his calling. Before joining WPD in 2006, Richards was a Marine Engineer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Now his typical day at WPD includes at least five hours in the sky, along with an operations briefing session, patrol planning and reporting. Richards’ job is challenging, requiring him to stay alert – navigating, pinpointing hazards, checking for faults and logging updates while in midair. But those challenges are what Richards enjoys.

“It’s also very rewarding patrolling a line post fault and being able to pinpoint the cause of a power cut and help get the lights back on.”

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