On Wednesday 12 August Neil Pullen, Director Gas Transmission Asset Management (GTAM) and SSR, gave up his time to the highest bidder to help his teams in their working day – all in the name of charity.
Colleagues in GTAM and SSR were invited to bid for an hour of Neil’s time, to undertake a task of their choosing (within reason). Thanks to the generosity of the bidding teams, and Neil donating his time, we raised £175 for our chosen employee charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
So what was Neil asked to do? He spent time with some of Clive Bairsto’s Business Resilience and Continuity team, who asked Neil to share his career experiences, steps he took to progress and his thoughts on development. Back across in GTAM, the Investment Management team had a list of information items needed from colleagues across the business in order to help close down schemes – hoping that his connections would help ‘accelerate’ the normal process!
Neil’s final hour in the day was a tricky challenge set by the Network Engineering team. Dominic Feenan, Specifications and Standards Manager, said: “We provided Neil with a real life example of the type of request, we within Network Engineering find ourselves with every day: One of our field teams found a failing component and we needed to know how many of these we have in the system. We gave him three examples, rules that said he couldn’t delegate and set him off with the clock ticking – it was great fun.
“Neil understands the importance of asset data and that having access to it is key to making well-informed Asset Management decisions. He now leaves with three real examples where we need this information today and the challenges we face, and he said he would find these really useful in bringing this to life.”
Reflecting on the day, Neil commented: “The teams came up with some brilliant, thought-provoking things to do with my time. It brought to life some of the issues I knew about but hadn’t had the chance to get first-hand experience of.
“I started as a Level 5 in this business, and I do (just) about remember what my days were like back then and I hope I was able to help (and justify the donation!) – I had a lot of fun, some great conversations and got a fresh perspective. I had a great day!”