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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Malcolm takes the helm down under

Our man in Australia: Malcolm Eccles pictured with his wife, Sharon, at a ministerial dinner in Tasmania

By Andrew Clarke

A FORMER Whitehaven man has been appointed chief executive officer of a billion dollar company in Australia.

An ex-Wyndham School pupil and BNFL apprentice, Malcolm Eccles moved to Melbourne in 2005 and has made it to the top of utility company Basslink Pty with his recent appointment.

Having grown up in Egremont, Malcolm, now 38, served his apprenticeship at BNFL as an instrument mechanic.

He lived in Whitehaven until 2002 when he left his role – as a commissioning manager at BNFL’s Drigg site – to take up a management role with Siemens in Northern Ireland before moving Down Under with his wife Sharon.

His job with Basslink takes him across the globe and he is a regular speaker at utility and energy conferences, held in numerous countries including China, Canada, France and the United States.

But he still manages trips home and was in Whitehaven four times last year to visit friends, family and for a pint in the Masonic Lodge, in College Street.

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