- Chris Rison takes over as National Grid Gas Distribution’s Head of Operations in its East region
- Predecessor James Harrison has left to head up National Grid Gas Distribution’s London Gas Network
- The vast East region includes urban, rural and coastal locations
A new head of operations has taken over National Grid’s fast paced East region where he will work to ensure over four million customers keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies.
This week Chris Rison, CEng. MSc. MIMechE*, took over the East network after predecessor James Harrison moved on to helm National Grid Gas Distribution’s London network.
Chris’ new job involves managing Emergency Response and Repair Operations which deals with reports of gas escapes across National Grid’s East region. The network includes East Anglia, and the East Midlands along with Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. A vast and varied patch the network supplies over four million customers in an area covering nearly fifteen thousand square miles which includes industrial towns and cities, seaside towns and national parks.
Chartered Engineer Chris was previously Network Manager, Emergency for London, where he covered National Grid’s Gas Distribution patch in the capital, serving a network of over two million customers and covering landmark locations such as Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Wembley and Canary Wharf.
Chris, 32, joined National Grid Gas Distribution as a Graduate Trainee back in 2009. He has held many roles in Gas Distribution and in London Operations where he has gained extensive operational and leadership experience.
He said: “I’m very happy to lead the team in East who deliver gas safely to such a huge part of the country. Gas is such an important thing in our lives, enabling us to enjoy warm houses and hot dinners. Gas matters and so our work matters.
“I’ve got a great team of engineers and support staff to work with and I’m excited to join East Network.”
Outside of work Chris enjoys days out with his young family, keeping active, the cinema and music.