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Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Answer blowing in wind for Steve

STEVE Andrews, 46, works for Vattenfall Wind UK as site manager of the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm.

INNOVATIVE: Steve Andrews, site manager of the Ormonde offshore wind farm HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50038713B001

He lives on Walney Island, has been married for 20 years and has one daughter, Catherine, 14, who goes to St Bernard's Catholic High School. His interests include sport, travel, astronomy and experiencing new things in life.

What school did you go to?

Ulverston Victoria High School, back in the 80s.

What was your favourite subject?

The sciences – chemistry, biology, physics and of course maths. Completely opposite to my wife and daughter who have more creative talents.

What qualifications did you leave with?

9 'O' levels, as they were known back then.

Did you go on to further/higher education – if so, where and what to study?

I have a Masters Degree from University College London and I am part way through a Doctorate (DBA) in Management.
Professionally, I am a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Manager and I am a Fellow of both Engineering and a Fellow of Management Institutes.

What was the best advice/learning you got at school or college?

At school to learn and realise the unique opportunity school education can bring. At university, to question the norm and look for alternative solutions.

What was your ambition before you got your first job?

There was an opportunity to go to the 6th form and complete four ‘A’ levels as part of the process towards becoming a doctor, but my career at that time travelled in a different direction.

Did you have a role model you looked up to and why?

Not specifically, but I respect openness, honesty and people who give up their time to do better for others. I think we should all at least try and give something back in life.

What jobs had your family done in the past?

My family were like most in the area – hard working and largely employed by local companies.

What was your first job?

It was a mechanical technical drawing office apprenticeship at what was then VSEL, now BAE Systems.

What has been your career path between your first job and the one you do today?

I did a shipbuilding apprenticeship, then 13 yearsof contracting around the UK and Europe in offshore, oil and gas, chemical process plant and nuclear. This was then followed by staff positions again in shipbuilding, nuclear and now renewable wind energy.

What's the best thing about your job?

Working in a new, challenging and developing industry like wind energy. Vattenfall is a great company to work for with a real focus on people, training, health and safety and improvement.

It's not every day you get the opportunity to be part of a project like Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm and be at the cutting edge of offshore wind development.

What one thing would you change about your job if you could?

Nothing! The Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is one of the most innovative offshore wind developments in the world and it’s a real privilege to look after an incredible engineering scheme and be part of such a dedicated and a professional team.


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