Experience Matters - Will Sharrock
With the growing concern over inexperienced staff working within the industry, we decided to remind ourselves and others about what an amazingly experienced and well-respected team we have. Meet the talented Will Sharrock, a Senior Authorised Person here at EDS. Will first worked for EDS in 2010 as an electrician and has since progressed through the ranks into his current role. Here we get to know him a bit better...
Where did it all start?
My dad is an Electrical Engineer, and it seems natural for me to follow in his footsteps. I’ve always been interested in building things and how things worked so the next logical step was for me to train as an electrician, which I did in 2003.
Even back in 2009, I could see that the renewables sector had a bright future. I knew that if I pursued that path, I would have a career for life and that there would be lots of room for progression.
I went to work on Rhyl Flats back in 2009 when the renewables industry was becoming established. Here I worked on terminations, LV Electrical panels and helping to build HV containment.
I got to know Ken Ritson, The Group’s Managing Director and even back then I could see that he, and any organisation he was involved with would be at the forefront of the renewables industry.
I then went to Greater Gabbard where I was responsible for HV containment. Here I received on the job training for 33kV installations and terminations. I also worked at Sheringham Shoal gaining a formal qualification from Nexans (Euromold separable Connectors up to 33,000V)
I then went on to work on projects including Lincs and Gwynt-y-Mor, getting more experience under my belt and continually developing my skills, e.g. I learned about dry plug in terminations up to 52kV (Pfisterer) and became certified in those terminations too.
I also developed my management skills, having opportunities to look after teams, carry out toolbox talks and perform team briefings.
A critical part of my development was working with more experienced people within EDS. The team has incredible skills, knowledge and experience, I have very much benefitted from that.
Progression to Senior Authorised Person
The next natural progression was for me to become a Senior Authorised Person (SAP). I shadowed SAPs and learned from their 20 plus years of experience. This, coupled with all of the experience I had gained, enabled me to attend an authorisation panel and become authorised under Vattenfall’s Electrical and Mechanical Safety Rules.
I am also a 34kV WTG Authorised Person for Orsted. For this I had to undergo a full day authorisation panel at their Head Office in London. It was a very thorough process, but I’m pleased to say that my experience and training put me in good stead and I am proud to be authorised under their safety rules.
The team at EDS has a great deal of experience and expertise, and every day I am learning and getting the benefit of that knowledge and experience.
Next steps include travelling the country to carry out HV protection testing on the switchgear at various sites around the country that we have responsibility for.
In the future I am also very keen to get my authorisation up to 132kV SAP.
In your free time?
I love surfing, kite surfing, and open water swimming. I love to travel too and have got to visit some amazing places, including Australia and Thailand. I am also a new father to a beautiful baby girl so am being kept very busy with our new addition to the family!