A community-spirited Edinburgh design assistant with a gas distribution company is celebrating after scooping a top gong in the firm’s awards honouring outstanding people.
Diane Jamieson, 43, who works at SGN’s Edinburgh office in Newbridge, won the company’s Sustaining Our World prize for her work with the local community.
Now in their fourth year, SGN’s Outstanding People Awards recognise exceptional performance and dedication among employees.
Diane said she felt delighted after finding out she was to be honoured.
“I hadn’t even considered that I might win,” she said.
“I know the other finalists well and they are amazing so I am really pleased to have won.
“I have a real passion for engineering and I enjoy getting involved in events to help, inspire, and promote engineering to the younger generation.
“I’d like to see the number of girls wanting to become engineers increasing and am keen to do anything I can do to encourage young people to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths.”
More than 650 nominations were received from the company’s areas of operation across Scotland and southern England.
These were whittled down to a shortlist of 24 across eight categories, from which judges chose a winning team or individual.
Judges of the Sustaining Our World award were looking for someone who had either helped others through charitable fundraising activities and local community involvement, minimised the company’s impact on the environment, or reduced fuel poverty.
Diane was nominated by facilities management co-ordinator Faye Tester, who described her as an excellent ambassador for the company.
“Diane’s wealth of experience and engineering knowledge has been invaluable at the many community events she has taken part in, and she thinks nothing of giving up her own free time to get involved in these,” said Faye.
“She is an excellent role model for young children, and particularly for girls considering a career in science and engineering.”
Senior figures at SGN hailed the work of all those recognised in this year’s prizes. Chief executive John Morea said: “Success for a gas network company like SGN only comes from its people and our people are, for me, the best in the business. Their commitment, professionalism and dedication have made SGN the exceptional company it is today.
“The Outstanding People Awards are the highlight of my year – a chance to recognise some of the amazing work that goes on in our depots and offices around the country every day.
“We would like to congratulate all our finalists, who really do sum up what SGN is all about.”