Loyal Service Tributes for Trant Engineering's Fantastic Five

25 YEARS’ SERVICE: From left, Trant Engineering’s Mick Noyce, chairman Patrick Trant, Charlotte Bullen and Kevin Coombes.

January 26, 2023

Five staff at Trant Engineering have received their 25-year service awards – they are now among 162 employees who have worked for the company for more than 25 years each.

Patrick Trant, chairman of the multi-disciplinary contractor, which employs 1,000 people in the UK and internationally, paid individual tribute to each recipient.

They are Charlotte Bullen, Kevin Coombes, Mick Noyce, Simon Walsh and Tina Wheeler.

Simon and Tina reached the career milestone in 2020, and for Charlotte, Kevin and Mick, in 2021.

Their careers with the Southampton-based company mostly started in 1995 and 1996, when movies such as Apollo 13 and Batman Forever were cinema hits, inflation was nearly 3.5% and the interest rate was 6.3% and BBC One Panorama broadcast the highly controversial TV interview with Princess Diana.

Due to the pandemic, and long-service awards usually held every two years, the in-person ceremony was postponed until recently.

In its 65th year, Trant Engineering delivers a range of complex projects for blue-chip companies in the energy, process & water, defence, oil & gas and nuclear sectors in the UK and internationally.

Patrick said: “Our turnover a quarter of a century ago was £26m compared to being in excess of £140m now. Charlotte, Kevin, Mick, Simon and Tina, like many others here at Trant Engineering, have played key roles in helping the company grow into what it is today.

“The fantastic five are first class - hardworking, dependable, loyal and trustworthy. They join 157 other staff who have marked 25 years each with the business.”

He added: “Staff retention is incredibly important to any business and, through training and the relentless commitment to quality from processes to field operations, I am proud to say that we are in the Premier League of retention for our industry.”

Infrastructure projects in the mid-1990s included Heathrow Airport, West Moors in Dorset, St Ouen’s in Jersey, Weymouth in Dorset, Fawley Refinery near Southampton, Pembroke in Wales and Mudeford Quay, Dorset.

Charlotte joined as an Accounts Trainee and now looks after the software for construction industry solutions, with in-house training for users.

Kevin is a Works Foreman, including overseeing deep excavations, pipe laying and concrete structures.

Mick is a maintenance specialist, who started out at Fawley Refinery and works on Trant Engineering’s property assets.

Simon, Commercial Manager, joined as a 16-year-old, and is described as “steadfast, conscientious and reliable”.

Tina, HR Administrator, first arrived in 1980 before taking a career break and rejoining in 2005.

Long-service awards have been held by Trant Engineering since 1988, with the latest one at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu, New Forest.


Nearly 25 people attended the private dining room celebration – recipients and their partners and directors.