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Goodbye Graham

  • Mel Dent
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Graham Sharpe, Senior Structural Design Engineer, is retiring from the Company at the end of March after nearly 30 years of valuable service.

Although Graham, 71, is officially retiring from full time employment on 31st March 2019, he is hoping to continue making his skills and knowledge available to the company on a part time basis as and when his services are required.

Graham, served his apprenticeship as a Structural Design Draughtsman at Gallen Construction, and then worked for a variety of Structural Companies in Scunthorpe, before gaining experience as a weight control engineer working for companies like McDermott’s, Brown & Root, Britoil and Monsanto. In August 1987 he joined On Line Design & Engineering as a Structural Design Draughtsman, at a time when the company had a huge workload producing structural detail drawings for Distribution centres and shopping complexes etc.

Unfortunately, during a turndown in workload, the company made Graham redundant in January 1991 and he spent several months working on the Channel Tunnel trains with British Rail Engineering at Derby. Later that year he returned to On Line and has been a mainstay of the Structural Department, working on projects for all of their major clients ever since. More recently he has been heavily involved in the P66 project for the replacement of two of the Refinery Coke Drums.

Graham, who lives in Scunthorpe with his wife Jean is looking forward to the opportunity to play more golf at Ashby Decoy Golf Club, just a 15-minute walk from where they live, and where he was Club Captain for 2018. He said, “Jean does not play golf, but enjoys the social functions that the club put on at regular intervals. In general, I enjoy the work that I do and have enjoyed my time at On Line, even though there has been several ups and downs as times have changed. I am looking forward to not having to get up early every morning and will enjoy my time playing golf and going out for days-out with Jean…. I may even dust down my cameras and reinvent my interest in photography.”

Jeff Laird, Chairman said, “Graham has been with the business for the last 32 years, and has been a valuable employee who will be missed by the Company and all of his colleagues. We would like to wish Graham and his wife Jean a long and happy retirement.”

Mel Dent

Mel Dent
Leadership Team, Executive Directors

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