Barry Gibson joins as a Senior ACS Gas Trainer

   11 January 2023         News

Develop would like to extend a warm welcome to Barry Gibson, who has joined Daryll Garavan’s Utilities team, as a Senior ACS Gas Trainer.

Barry began his career in 1975 as an Apprentice Gas Fitter with British Gas, as the company changed, he worked for Transco and then National Grid for a total of 38 years, progressing to a Level 7 Manager.

Within his various roles Barry got many opportunities, one of which involved working in India as part of a team developing new end to end IT systems. Another was the development of a training course with the Fire Service College to teach managers how to deal with serious incidents. A few weeks after the training course had been written Barry was called to a gas explosion which had completely destroyed a building with reports of people trapped, however, in developing the course, and therefore having recently been though all the information in great detail, it made him a lot more confident in handling the situation.

Despite Barry really enjoying his role, he decided he wanted new challenge. He moved to a certification company where he began worked as an ACS centre manager for three centres.

Barry is bringing his wealth of knowledge and almost five decades worth of gas experience and a decade’s worth of training experience to Develop.

What Develop is like

“I’m really enjoying my time at Develop so far, I’ve only been here for a short time and already feel my skills are being appreciated and I’m part of the family. Everyone has taken the time to learn my name and have a chat!”

Away from work

Outside of work, Barry is currently renovating his bungalow. He is also a big Port Vale fan and enjoys going to games – he used to be a keen player himself however overtime and a couple of minor injuries later he now prefers to watch.

Barry is also a fund raiser for MacMillan cancer care having completed three Peak District Mighty Hikes raising over £6,500.

Barry also volunteers with the Port Vale Foundation and spent a lot of time during lockdown calling people who lived alone and, in some cases, arranging for emergency food parcels to be delivered for those in need.

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