David graduated from Nottingham University in 2010 with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. Having found out about Centrica via a fellow Nottingham graduate who was working for the company he first joined on the 2009 Information Systems (IS) summer placement programme.
Having had a brilliant summer working with the business solutions team on the deal for Centrica to acquire a 20% stake in British Energy, he then rejoined Centrica as a graduate in 2010 on the Chemical Engineering stream. He's currently based in Heysham, the office which looks after the offshore gas terminals in the East Irish sea. His current role is to look at the optimisation of the terminals that are operated from a process and safety perspective. This involves detailed calculations, running simulations and getting his hands 'dirty' out on plant.
David is involved in supporting campus recruitment at Lancaster and Nottingham universities and has played cricket for Centrica Energy. He also dons the young engineers' football jersey once a week in the highly competitive 'Young Boys vs. Old Gents' football game at the office. He is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador, talking to young people about the opportunities available through a career in the engineering and science fields. Since starting at Centrica he has also developed a passion for spending time in the kitchen, fancying himself as a young Jamie Oliver.
David was attracted to Centrica by the company's growth and the clear strategy it has in the way it wants to go forward, one which he believes will work well. David believes that Centrica is aware of the responsibility that an energy provider has to the public and to the environment. He appreciates being able work on a processing plant that is one of the most modern in Europe and is extremely complex; although a very steep learning curve it's one that will stand him in good stead for the rest of his career.
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