Ian Greatbanks: A Tribute
Earlier this month our National Sales Manager, Ian Greatbanks was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many friends and work colleagues that his life impacted.
Ian had a 30 year successful career with British Gas: Starting as a gas engineer in 1987, he progressed through several business and project management roles, spending his last 7 years at BG in their renewable and biomass operations (formerly Econergy). After a brief spell at Forrest Ltd, Ian came to work for Freedom Green Energy, where we have had the privilege to call him, not only our colleague, but also our friend for the last two years.
We at FGE all pay tribute to a wonderful man whose contribution brought stability, credibility and assurance to our customer base during a very volatile period in the biomass industry. His love for clean energy, along with his industry knowledge and experience, coupled with his kind, unassuming manner brought confidence to invest in biomass technology, when the hard sell, tariff focused promotion of recent years has left a trail of issues for biomass.
His positive influence in our business will undoubtedly last a long time and he will be greatly missed by all of our staff and customers here at Freedom Green Energy.
When we announced the sad news of Ian’s passing, many were quick to share their tributes. Here are some of them:
“Ian was always very friendly and always welcomed you with a big smile. Even on the phone you could tell there was a smile on his face. It was obvious that he was a well liked man, and for very good reason. He was a pleasure to work with.” – LW
“Ian was a lovely guy and really helpful when needed” – TD
“I’m truly sorry to hear this as he was a fantastic guy.” – MB
“Ian was a gem of a man, and I shall miss our regular chats.” – SG
“Ian was a brilliant individual that did you and your company proud.” – BF
“He was a really nice person. Clever, practical, witty and caring.” – RW
“The world has sadly lost a true gentleman.” –RC
“I only met Ian once but he immediately struck me as a friendly, knowledgeable and professional man. He was, at once, able to look back through the history of the project to bring it to life for us and look forward to to the benefits the improvements could make for the college.” –SR
“Ian was a great guy and a credit to family and colleagues alike.” – BM
“I didn’t spend a great deal of time with Ian but what little time we did spend together or on the phone was always good fun and we got on well (even got some work done now and then). He was very supportive and went above and beyond to help. He was a lovely guy and will be missed.” – AS
“Even on the way to his holiday, he accepted my call without hesitation and made sure we got all the support we required (a true gentleman).” – DL
“I did not know Ian well, but he was always thorough, prompt and professional is my dealings with him.” – MC
“Ian was a great guy and will be very much missed.” – DC