Anglian Water’s rising star wins Young Engineer of the Year award

20 May 2019


Anglian Water has this week celebrated the achievement of one of its Maintenance Technicians, James Weedon, who was a winner at The Pump Centre Young Engineer Awards 2019.


James claimed top spot in the ‘Technician’ category of the national awards, which are now in their 12th year and recognise and celebrate talented individuals and the role employers play in nurturing the UK’s next generation of engineers.


James, 24, who operates out of Anglian Water’s Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant was delighted about the result: “I was overwhelmed when I found out that I won the award as it is a great achievement. I have a drive to complete tasks, and I am grateful to everyone who supported me along the way."


Support from within the business recognised James’ potential with Cliff Marriner, Head of Maintenance Services, hailing James as “conscientious, professional and very definitely a credit to Anglian Water.”


“He’s an engineer who always wants to learn. It’s always great to see apprentices coming through the company and developing successful careers, and winning this award recognises the role Anglian Water plays in producing the highly skilled workforce of the future”, Cliff added.


Plucked from a raft of nominations, James was shortlisted for the award before impressing a panel of engineering experts with his attitude, commitment and career achievements to date which saw the youngster top the pile of candidates. James began his career with Anglian Water nearly six years ago joining the company’s Apprenticeship scheme  completing his four-year apprenticeship in 2017. 


As a water company, Anglian has a big requirement for engineering skills within its workforce, around a third of Anglian Water’s workforce will retire in the next decade and apprenticeship schemes enable the company to target budding engineers, technicians and scientists from the next generation and give them the right skills and experience to join the business.


There was a double cause for celebration at the ceremony with Anglian Water also picking up the Project of the Year 2019 award.


The project, run by Anglian Water’s Lorenzo Pompa and in partnership with suppliers Vega Controls, Sulzer and ABB, involved the development of affordable, bespoke smart technology that can be installed across sewage pumping stations of various shapes and sizes to enhance the monitoring of their performance.


The technology alerts teams to anomalies in performance that could lead to failures and customer and environmental disruption if left untreated. Improving maintenance strategies can help the company streamline its operations, making significant savings and improving customer service. Anglian Water is committed to improving and enhancing the performance of its assets every single year, just part of its proposed £6.5bn investment plan for 2020-2025.


“This project highlights that when collaboration and innovation come together the impossible can be achieved. Having this level of automation and insight enables Anglian Water to ensure reliability and efficiency at these sites continues for years to come,” Cliff added.