Peter at his desk at gas emergency and pipeline service Wales & West Utilities Newport headquarters.

Penarth’s Peter Thorne, who works for gas emergency and pipeline service Wales & West Utilities, is celebrating after clocking up 40 years of service in the gas industry. He started work as an apprentice in the gas industry in 1976 at the age of 17 after completing his studies at Stanwell School. Not only is he celebrating the milestone but remarkably, holiday’s aside, he has not missed a day’s work in those forty years.

Peter transferred to Wales & West Utilities when the company was formed in 2005 and plays a key role in supporting the company’s operations across Wales and the south west of England.  

Peter leads the team which works to make sure information used by the company’s operational teams is accurate and up to date.

Business Support Manager Peter said:

“I’m delighted to have reached such a milestone in my career! My team and I work hard to make sure our operational teams have the right information so that the 7.5million people we serve continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply, while delivering the outstanding levels of service our customers expect.

“Forty years is a long career but I still enjoy it as much as I ever did – and I’m not ready to give up just yet!”

 Peter and some of his Business Support Team

Wales & West Utilities Director of Business Services Mark Oliver added:

“Peter is an essential member of our team and we’d like to congratulate him on reaching a remarkable milestone. And even more so that he’s not missed a day’s work since he started – which really does demonstrate Peter’s character and dedication.

“After years working in operations and now in the back office, he has a massive amount of knowledge on the operation of the gas network and continues to play a vital role in the work we do.

“We’re proud of the work he does to keep the communities we serve safe and warm, and are glad that he will be with us for a little while yet, passing his knowledge and experience on to our managers of the future.”

Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.