We sat down with Eddie Halfpenny, an EHS Officer who has been with our company since the summer of 2017. We wanted to find out more about his role and what he thinks of Windhoist as a company!
Here’s what he had to say:
Why did you want to work within the wind industry?
I was asked if I was looking for work by a good friend who was working for Windhoist. When I said yes, I honestly had no idea about the construction side of the wind industry – nor any idea of the great journey I would embark upon with Windhoist!
What are the main challenges within your role?
I think the greatest challenge in my role is probably remembering to switch off! However, getting to the site, getting to know crews, the general site management, as well as maintaining a positive client interface are all challenges that present themselves. Having said that, with a positive attitude they are easily overcome.
What are your career highlights?
I have to start with a career low: cockroaches in Morocco, eeeeugh!
My career high would have to be the Beatrice Project. Having joined Kevin McAlonan’s team right from the start, I got to see this project through to the very end. A most successful project with a great team of guys, who have all since moved on.
That project saw the introduction of a number of new working practices which are currently being rolled out to all projects within the company.
I am excited at the opportunities for investment and improvement within Windhoist as a whole. We have already seen a number of changes within the company and all for the better. The greater move into Off-shore installation will prove a challenge, but an exciting one. Plus, the continued growth within the on-shore sector means that there is a great number of things to look forward to.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It has to be the variety of countries and sites that I have been to and the message that I have delivered to the crews. Having only been abroad once in my life before joining Windhoist, in the past 2 and a bit years I have been to a site in Morocco, 5 in Finland, 5 in Ireland, 2 in France, 2 in Australia plus 2 here in Scotland.
Next stop – the moon! Well, actually it’s Sweden…
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to start within this industry?
Go for it! if you are hardworking and are passionate about your work, then you would be crazy not to. Windhoist is on the up and you could be up there with us. A fantastic company to work for and a place where the future begins today.
We’d like to thank Eddie for taking the time to do this interview, and for his continued hard work and ongoing commitment to Windhoist. Keep up the good work!