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Dennis Mills, Support Team Assistant, McKee Production Station
Stratford-born Dennis Mills, known as Millsy, has worked at McKee for 25 years. He was previously an operator technician before taking on his current role of Support Team Assistant. The role has a wide scope – Dennis continues to undertake work in the operations field but is also responsible for procedures for inspecting, repairing or replacing kit (plant machinery, pipework or equipment).
“Among other things, it’s my job to make sure any equipment being worked on, for example any kit that is to be repaired or inspected, is safely isolated from the rest of the plant before that work begins. Keeping people safe takes a lot of care and effort.
“It’s become a very full and busy role since Todd Energy took over around 10 years ago, and with the expansion taking place out here now. My job started off as a one person role, now we have a second technician as well. I do get a lot of satisfaction from my work, and I don’t think there’s been a day since I started in 1989 that I haven’t wanted to come to work.”
Dennis has seen a lot of changes during his time at McKee. “It’s compulsory to have your arms, legs and body fully covered and high visibility gear worn on site, but back in 1990 that wasn’t the case. The gear requirements are now where they should be and are strictly enforced, which is a good thing,” he says.
In his leisure time, Dennis thoroughly enjoys life in Urenui. “It’s paradise for us. I used to play basketball in my youth, but these days I play golf and fish – not long ago I caught a 15lb snapper but I’m still hoping for that elusive 20 pounder.”