Industry: water, steel & energy

Camsey, Granville (12 of 16). An Oral History of the Electricity Supply in the UK

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    2013-04-18, 2013-05-02, 2013-09-26, 2013-10-22, 2013-12-10, 2014-01-14, 2014-01-28, 2014-03-17, 2014-04-15

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    Interviewee's home, Buckinghamshire

  • Interviewees

    Camsey, Granville, 1936- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 12: Remarks on CEGB reorganisation in 1980s: mentions CEGB board position that CEGB should be privatised as a monolith; move away from regional structure in 1980s led by Gil Blackman, personnel director Ray Hall and Jeff Stone; negotiations with trade unions such as John Lyons at EPEA; management team of Bob Weeks, who succeeding Hugh Matthews as Director for Production, personnel expert Derek Smart, GC, Mike Woodrough who later worked for National Power overseas. [04:05] Remarks about GC restlessness with career: approaches from head hunters: anecdote about refusing offer to become Director of Networks for British Telecom; GC frustration with CEGB inability to act; eventual resignation from CEGB. [06:45] Remarks on GC becoming Freeman of City of London in 1987: GC satisfaction with offer; livery companies interest in charity and craft skills interesting GC; anecdote about privileges of Freeman, including being hung with silken rope and driving sheep across Tower Bridge; GC joining Worshipful Company of Engineers, then only 20 years of age; background of livery companies; architectural excellence of livery company halls used for winter receptions; [12:00] Engineer's Company based in Wax Chandlers offices; [13:00 loud noise - pause] staff of livery company; Livery company functions, including annual banquet, carol concert in Tower of London; restricted membership of livery companies, mainly made of senior engineers; educational aspects of work, such as lectures; GC recruiting apprentices through National Power scholarships; meeting engineers at social gatherings; excellence of livery company halls.

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