Linesman wired to take top job
DOUG Nicholls is enjoying the challenge of his new area manager role with Country Energy. A qualified overhead linesman, Mr Nichols, 36, has come from working as the operations manager for a large electrical services firm in Brisbane and has now stepped into the role of Country Energy's field operations man-%ager for the Far North Coast. His new position involves managing both the power utility's Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah sites, managing the capital and operational budgets and the staff at the two sites and acting as the company's local representative. It all sounds very complicated, but Mr Nicholls says he is up to the task. "I'm loving the challenge," he said. "I'm using my skills and experience to greatly enhance the customer service and company reliability for local residents." Mr Nicholls recently moved to Cabarita with his wife Katrina, their son, 4, and daughter, 15 months. He said the family is settling in to what he describes as a "beautiful area". "It's a beautiful area with great beaches and friendly people, it's very family-friendly." Far North Coast regional general manager Brian Glawson said he looked forward to working closely with Mr Nicholls to achieve the company's goals. "The Tweed is a fast-growing area and as an essential service provider, we need to keep upgrading the electricity network to ensure we keep pace with the demand," Mr Glawson said. "Our next big project, which is already under way, is the construction of a new $11 million zone substation at South Tweed Heads, which will help to meet both the community's existing and future needs."