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Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post
David Laister

Phillips 66 strikes gold with Armed Forces commitment

Phillips 66 has received the highest possible recognition for the support it gives the armed forces community.

The company behind the Humber Refinery at South Killingholme has been presented with the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award, less than three years after signing up to the scheme.

One of only three organisations in the whole region to receive it, the status recognises the promotion of being armed forces-friendly, being open to employing reservists, veterans - including the wounded, injured and sick - cadet instructors and military spouses or partners.

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Paul Fursey, Humber Refinery manager and UK director said: “This is such an honour to receive, and a huge testament to the commitment and support of the team at Phillips 66. I would like to thank our staff at all levels for stepping up to the challenge and helping us move from Silver to Gold accreditation, which demonstrates how seriously we take our responsibilities toward the armed forces community. We remain focused to further developing the support we offer.”

Examples of work recognised included skills collaborations and sharing best practice, working on career transitioning and partnering with local cadet forces. Phillips 66 also played a key role in sponsoring last month’s Armed Forces Day.

A learning visit from Cranfield University at Humber Refinery. (Phillips 66)

Reservist Dom Parry works on the refinery as a rotating equipment technician. He said: “Phillips 66 Humber Refinery continues to be very supportive throughout my service, from completing my training to when I was asked to mobilise as part of the UK’s national response to the coronavirus pandemic ‘Op Rescript’.

“I am also privileged to have access to an additional 10 days annual leave to allow me to participate in reserve activities and training without me having to use my holiday entitlement.”

Tim Roberts, Phillips 66 executive vice president of midstream and chemicals, and executive sponsor of the Veterans Network, the company’s employee resource group, said: “Phillips 66 is honoured to receive this prestigious award and proud of the efforts taken by the teams who strived for nothing less than gold, since they know what this means for the veteran community.

“There will always be a special place at Phillips 66 for those who served in the armed forces. Supporting veterans of the armed forces is core to who we are at Phillips 66 – it’s stitched into the fabric of our culture and values.”

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