Craig follows in his father’s footsteps at Northern Gas Networks

Northern Gas Networks Picture shows 28-year-old Craig Skinner with his father Alan Skinner, aged 55, at the Liversedge Northern Gas Networks base. Both father and son work for the company.'Rossparry.co.uk

Northern Gas Networks Picture shows 28-year-old Craig Skinner with his father Alan Skinner, aged 55, at the Liversedge Northern Gas Networks base. Both father and son work for the company.'Rossparry.co.uk

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Halifax-born Craig Skinner is following in his father’s footsteps by embarking on a career at Northern Gas Networks.

Craig’s father, Alan, has worked at the company his entire working life and is due to retire next year after 40 years with the firm.

Alan was Craig’s inspiration for joining the gas industry, however, the Skinners are not the only ones with relatives working at the company.

The gas distribution network employs over thirty family groups across its vast network which maintains 37,000km of pipeline, the equivalent distance from Leeds to Sydney, Australia and back again.

After originally training as a plumber and earning his gas safety qualifications, Craig joined the firm two years ago as a first call operative but has since been promoted to a regional coach. In his new role, Craig travels across Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury to facilitate the training needs of engineers ensuring that health and safety standards are met and customers receive the very best service.

Explaining about his job role, Craig, who lives in Elland, said: “When I joined NGN I was part of a response team that repaired gas mains in the event of a gas emergency. However through hard work and career progression opportunities at NGN, I was able to earn a promotion and take on more responsibility.

“I now travel to sites across the network and it sounds cliché but it means that every day is different as the work required at each site varies. I can be offering technical advice one day, running a training session the next or even assessing engineers’ driving to ensure they are travelling safely through our communities.”

Now he has progressed through the business, Craig is responsible for ensuring that engineers across the NGN network, including his own dad, are following correct procedures so that repair works are repaired as quickly and safely as possible.

“Joining NGN seemed like a natural choice since my dad has worked with them for so long and I knew so many people already working at the company, even if it does feel odd sometimes giving advice to people I’ve known for years”, added, Craig. “Even though my new role as a regional coach is a huge adjustment from my previous position, I’ve built up a great rapport with the engineers and it’s really rewarding when we’re able to resolve problems on site.”

Craig is now working towards a future promotion. He added: “As a regional coach I hope to be able to progress even further and become a site manager at some point in future but right now I’m still really enjoying getting my teeth in to this new role”.