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Leading power engineer honoured for contribution to profession

15 November 2018


Esteemed engineer Trevor Grimshaw BA, has been rewarded for his outstanding achievements in engineering, with an Honorary Fellowship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Trevor started his career with the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), spending 15 years commissioning and operating nuclear and fossil powered generating stations. He then moved to the London HQ and following the Chernobyl disaster, joined a part time team of experts working in the Ukraine to help change operation culture and processes to prevent another disaster. During the privatisation of the electricity industry, he played a major role in the formation of British Energy. He retired from this role in 2001 and became a consultant for ministries, regulators, market operators and companies on transitioning from state utilities to commercial enterprises.

Retiring 10 years ago, Trevor still maintains his engineering interests as a regular volunteer for the IET and over the past 35 years has participated in most of their activities at both local and national level, including accreditation, registration and fellowship, appeals and EC representation. He was chairman of a previous institution as well as chairing several Committees of the IET.

On receiving his Honorary Fellowship, Trevor said: “I was quite frankly stunned, but of course delighted. Looking through the list of names I will be joining is very humbling and a great honour.”

Mike Carr, IET President, said: “I am delighted that we are able to mark the outstanding achievements of Trevor Grimshaw, with one of the IET’s highest honours, Honorary Fellowship. He is a highly distinguished engineer and has made a significant contribution, not only to the industry, but for services to the IET to enhance our vision, engineering a better world.”

Trevor formally accepted his Honorary Fellowship at the IET Achievement Awards on Wednesday 14th November in central London.

 

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Detailed biography for Trevor Grimshaw BA

Trevor Grimshaw started his career with the CEGB, spending the first 15 years commissioning and operating nuclear and fossil powered generating stations. During this time he was responsible for instigating and putting in place a number of major projects for improving operational safety and efficiency across the company.

He then moved to the London HQ to take up the emergency planning role for the CEGB’s nuclear power stations and transport of civil nuclear materials. This took on a whole new dimension following the Chernobyl disaster. He joined a part time team of UK experts working in the Ukraine helping them to change their operational culture and processes to prevent another accident.

During the privatisation of the electricity industry he played a major role in the separation of the nuclear businesses and the formation and eventual floatation of what became British Energy. He also played a key role in the acquisition of more flexible power plant to complement the essentially base load nuclear fleet. As head of operational trading in British Energy, he was responsible for nearly a quarter of the electricity supply across England, Scotland and Wales.

He took the opportunity to retire from British Energy in 2001 to work as a consultant advising ministries, regulators, market operators and companies on transitioning from state utilities to commercial enterprises. When the novelty of accumulating enough airmiles for several round trips to the moon wore off, he really retired about 10 years ago, but he still maintains his engineering interests and hopefully a few active grey cells volunteering with the IET.

Trevor has been a volunteer with the IET and its predecessor institutions for some 35 years and has participated in most of their activities at both local and national level, including accreditation, registration and fellowship, appeals and EC representation. He was chairman of a previous institution as well as chairing the SW Regional Network, PDAC, PDOC and Scholarship Committees of the IET.


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