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Young professionals compete in UK industry competition

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Young professionals have been promoting the opportunities and challenges of working in the pipeline industry at the regional finals of a long-standing competition.

The Midlands final of the Sir John Parker competition, run by the Young Professionals of the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), has been held at and sponsored by Severn Trent, in Coventry, UK.

The competition saw a record number of entries from those working across all sectors of the pipeline industry, with just four young professionals selected to present at the regional finals.

Those shortlisted were Abby McKay-Hipwell, of Fisher German; James Mason, of Severn Trent; Mark Chapman, of Cadent Gas and Matthew Goode, of Cadent Gas. Each gave a presentation on a topic of their choice relevant to the pipeline industry.

Matthew Goode was declared regional winner by the judges for his presentation on easements vs. nature, exploring the issues faced when nature disrupts pipeline easements.

He was presented with the Sir John Parker competition trophy as well as £500, donated by event sponsors Severn Trent, and will now go on to the national finals in London in May.

The event was closed by guest speaker Severn Trent Chief Executive Liv Garfield, who spoke about the importance of supporting the future professionals of the industry and the key part that organisations like PIG play in this.

Rachel Cliffe, Deputy Chair of the PIG Midlands branch and Associate Partner at Fisher German, said: “PIG aims to promote the long-term future of utilities and encourage more young people into the profession, and this year we saw a record number of synopsises submitted for the Sir John Parker competition.

“It is an excellent platform for ambitious young professionals to present in front of a range of companies in the oil, water, gas and electricity sectors as well as contractors and environmentalists.

“The four shortlisted young professionals each gave very interesting presentations around issues faced in the pipeline industry as well as future innovations.

“We would like to congratulate Matthew on his success and wish him well for the national final in London. Our thanks also go to event sponsor Severn Trent for hosting the competition and donating the prize and guest speaker Liv Garfield for her presentation.”

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