Oil refining isn't child's play... or is it? Watch Phillips 66 Humber Refinery's amazing video

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Jul 2017

Children and grandchildren of staff who work at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery have been given a starring role in a video to showcase the South Killingholme site.

As key sponsor for the recent Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards held in May, the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery wanted to showcase itself and the work it does in a fresh, fun and engaging way.

Nina Stobart, communications and external affairs manager said: “We decided it would be great fun to involve the children and grandchildren of our staff.

“They could not only come along and see where their mum, dad or granddad worked, but also offer a freshness to what can sometime be seen as a grey topic!

“We put out a site request for auditions tapes and received some fantastic tapes back.

“The decision was so difficult, we couldn't decide who to offer the parts to so decided there was only one answer.

“Let’s involve them all!”

Children aged from four years to 10 years took part in the refinery video, playing everything from engineers, scientists to IT professionals.

Darren Coking, the refinery lifting and rigging technician’s sons starred in the video - Alex and Tyler from Scartho, became the Refinery’s four year old twin firemen for the day. The biggest challenge was to find uniforms in small sizes and then all the mini actors and actresses were sent their lines to learn.

“I was completely amazed how professional they all were,” added Nina.

“They soaked up their lines like a sponge and their delivery of their lines whilst acting was faultless.

“A number of staff from site also worked tirelessly behind the scenes, making sure each child was in the right place for the filming and of course that safety, always our number one priority was at all times the focus.

“With some clever camera angles, we managed to show the children looking like they were working on our site.”

Sasha, is the daughter of Rachel Chance and is pictured with Nina Stobart, communications and external affairs manager (Image: DAVID LEE PHOTOGRAPHY LTD 2017)

Sasha, 4, the daughter of financial analyst Rachel Chance has her heart set on becoming a scientist and even offered to bring in her own safety goggles.

Evan, the five year old grandson of Robin Ruston, a refinery reliability technician, stars as a refinery panel operator. He now knows that Phillips 66, is exactly where he wants to work and reminds his grandfather each time he visits him at home.

Evan, is the grandson of Robin Ruston (Image: DAVID LEE PHOTOGRAPHY LTD 2017)

Paul Crick, refinery HR manager commented: “This was a great opportunity to engage our staff and their families in helping showcase many of the great things we do here at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery.

“We are proud to have many great people working for us and it looks like we have some great prospective candidates waiting in line for an opportunity to take their parents jobs!”

The video was showcased at the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Awards to many "ooohs and ahhhs" and some great feedback has also been received from the Phillips 66 executive leadership team from Houston.

Anne Tate, the Northern Lincolnshire manager for Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce said: "It was a lovely video, absolutely fabulous!

"It was great to see so many local children involved and it was a real eye opener, as the refinery can't be visited by everybody.

"It was good to see on video the operational side of it and the structure and how it operates.

"It was very cute - there was a huge cuteness factor involved.

"It had the wow factor!

"It was evident that the children enjoyed taking part and a huge thank you must go to Phillips 66 as it must have been a huge amount of work involved - great job!"

“The question is, who will we see in the future on the silver screen or helping to drive one of the areas’ industries forward?” added Nina.

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