A Seaham man has been honoured by his employer for his presentation skills.
Ian Burn has been crowned Northern Gas Networks’ (NGN) Outstanding Presenter of the Year.
The competition gives NGN colleagues across the business a chance to develop and test themselves, moving away from the comfort zone of their regular role by standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation.
Customer care officer Ian chose the topic ‘A Difficult Conversation’, which covered the theme of men’s mental health and accessing available support
Ian, who joined NGN in January 2014, won £100 of entertainment vouchers and an engraved glass trophy.
“I entered the competition to transfer skills I use in my job to a more business-related setting,” he said.
“I’ve given presentations in various forms in previous jobs before, but wanted to see if I still had the skills to do it.
“The topic was a very personal thing to me. Mental health is a focus point for the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which NGN is signed up to, and we receive assessments for on our gas mains replacement projects.
“It was a chance for me to help someone who may have been in the room, suffering in silence.
“I’m really proud that the judges thought my presentation was worthy of the trophy.
“I feel really lucky as the standard was so high and everyone saved their best performance for the final.”
After a series of regional heats, the final was held in conjunction with a schools final at the Tetley in Leeds.
The Young Outstanding Presenter of the Year winner was Year Nine student Cara Kelly, of Leeds West Academy.