On to the next round – 2015 Chairman’s Awards shortlist

The shortlist judges have carefully narrowed down the nominations for the 2015 Chairman’s Awards from 165 to 50. The shortlisted nominations are now being reviewed by our final judges who will decide who will attend the Awards ceremony in London this June.

This year’s shortlist reflects our commitment to improving the services we provide to our customer and stakeholders through a focus on performance excellence and safety. It also demonstrates how we operate responsibly in everything we do, improving the outcomes for communities within and outside of National Grid – which is why we were awarded the prestigious accolade of Responsible Business of the Year 2014.

You can view this year’s shortlist at the bottom of this article.

Press Officer Rebecca Watson spoke about the UK Careers Lab Pilot being shortlisted for the Community Contribution category, “it’s incredibly humbling to hear the Careers Lab Pilot has been shortlisted to go through to the next stage of the Chairman’s awards, particularly against such amazing competition. We’re incredibly proud of what we achieved but this gives us just that extra bit of recognition that what we did was a valuable contribution to the schools and communities we worked with.”

In the US, WeatherBug was shortlisted for both the Community Contribution and Customer Delivery category. Lead Program Manager Eliza Davies said, “The WeatherBug team is thrilled to be included on the shortlist for the Community Contribution Chairman’s Award. This is a wonderful recognition of the project’s benefits to customers and communities through improved storm preparedness, STEM education, and free, hyper-local weather data. We are proud to be considered.”

Thank you to all those who submitted a nomination for this year’s Chairman’s Awards. The finalists will be announced at the end of April, with the winner for each category being awarded at the ceremony on 23 June in London.


(local nominees highlighted in bold text)

Community Contribution

  • Changing Skylines: gas holder demolition – UK
  • Highbury Hoardings project – UK
  • Careers Lab pilot – UK
  • National Grid Sustainability Hub – US
  • Power to Serve – employee volunteerism program – US
  • WeatherBug – US

Community Contribution – Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Allen Hecht – Soldier Care / The National Grid shift – US
  • Mark Pickles – EmployAbility – UK
  • Fiona Peel – UK
  • Maxine Dobe – US

Customer Delivery

  • Customer Assistance EXPO – US
  • Trafford Centre gas safety day – UK
  • Gas Transmission customer webinars – UK
  • Cool Customer Delivery – UK
  • Exceeding customer expectations with the K-Drill – US
  • WeatherBug – US
  • Transforming customer delivery through social media innovation – US


  • Mickle Trafford Emission Reduction System – UK
  • Natural Capital – building new value from National Grid’s landholdings – UK
  • Oil regeneration plan for oil filled cables – UK
  • Re-use of London clay from Power Tunnels on Property projects – UK
  • Supporting electric vehicle adoption – US
  • “Double, Double Toil and Trouble; Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble” How a MGP coal tar cleanup offset carbon emissions – US
  • Managing wood waste – US
  • Dirty dirt done right – US

Health & Wellbeing

  • A shift in the right direction – UK
  • Fathers Programme – UK
  • Fit for work early intervention pilot – US
  • Mental wellbeing in Market Operation – UK
  • Pould4lb – energy lost = energy gained – UK

Inclusion & Diversity

  • Computing club for girls – UK
  • Fathers programme – UK
  • Global Ethics Liaison Network (GELN) – helping all our employees “Do The Right Thing” – Global
  • Hinckley EmployAbility – UK
  • Soldier Care / the National Grid shift – US
  • Veteran to Veteran buddy system – US
  • Women in LNG New England – US


  • $23 million in new annual revenue – US
  • Distributed generation interconnection process – US
  • Hutton series compensation – UK
  • Innovative system operability analysis – UK
  • UK Distribution Customer Centre end to end process efficiency project – UK


  • A better approach to long term operation, monitoring and maintenance – the UNY SIR OMM Program – US
  • Backing Hazards course – US
  • Combustible gas indicator upgrade and consolidation – US
  • First responder utility safety – US
  • Intelligent carbon monoxide monitoring – UK
  • Low voltage lock out device – UK
  • Pipeline decision support tool – where’s our greatest risk? – US & UK
  • Rhode Island live line trailer – US

Congratulations to all those shortlisted! 

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