An appreciation by Iain Knowles, Sales Director – Utilities, Radius Systems.
‘After what seemed like a long series of goodbye tours, the date rushed up at us and we finally said a fond farewell to one the best known faces in the UK pipeline industry – Peter Jellis.
Now it’s an often overused term, but I don’t think anyone would argue that Peter is a legend and the number of colleagues, customers, competitors and all those other members of the Utility family in the UK, especially those in the gas arena, who managed to meet and personally thank Peter for his support, friendship and guidance over the years, was unrivalled.
It’s hard to believe that Peter actually started out his early work experience on a farm down Bedfordshire way, and he has told many tales of herding the cows early morning and looking after a whole raft of other animals, as well as the usually grisly endings for the animals destined for all us townie types. He was also a very keen amateur rugby player and again, there were many tales of front row shenanigans. Peter continued his love of rugby, especially watching England and one of his most memorable moments was England’s World Cup win over Australia. Many of us remember with fondness Peter re-enacting Jonny Wilkinson’s dropped goal winner, especially in the bar after a late night PIG or IGEM do.
Peter worked for Uponor and then Radius Systems for over 30 years and he certainly knew the business inside out. He looked after a number of water accounts and then switched over to gas sales, eventually ending up being the UK Gas Account Manager for all our key gas customers in the UK. If anyone wanted to get the lowdown on what was happening in the gas industry, then a call to Peter would soon put them right. Peter was also a very keen advocate of the next generation of people coming into the industry, especially those embarking on an engineering path with our customers, and he would often be seen escorting a group of young people around the factory giving them an insight into our business and the whole supply chain process. As Peter would often point out, supporting these young people is an investment in the future of our industry as they could become our customers and many would go on to hold key positions and hopefully remember well of us.
As well as his work for Radius Systems, Peter also worked tirelessly for a number of industry related bodies, most notably IGEM eventually leading their marketing department as Committee Head. He was also closely involved with both the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), specifically the Yorkshire gas organisations and took particular delight in being part of their charity events and fundraising.
For those of us who know Peter, he has approached his retirement with the same enthusiasm, gusto and focus as he did when at work and is planning to continue with his holidays and travels around the world with Janet. However, Peter had also worked out that being stuck in the house all day was never going to work for him and he has taken up fishing, returning full circle to his boyhood past-times. The front row may have to wait a bit longer.
Farewell Peter. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you over the years. From your friends and colleagues at Radius Systems: here’s to a long and happy retirement’.