Tributes for ‘Mister Chevron’

Tributes have been paid to Phil Thompson, who is retiring as Public Affairs Manager of oil giant Chevron at its Pembroke refinery.

Phil has been the public face of the company for many years and is known for organising and sponsoring local events and charities on behalf of Chevron.

He will shortly be travelling to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE for his charitable work.

Representatives of some of those good causes gathered in County Hall, Haverfordwest on Thursday evening when the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council. Councillor Anne Hughes, organised a reception to mark his impending retirement.

She told guests that Chevron (formerly Texaco and previously Regent) had contributed around £950,000 to local charities and that Phil was the driving force behind it for much of his 35 years with the company.

She presented him with two engraved whisky tumblers and also read a tribute from Chris Llewellyn, the Council’s music co-ordinator. He praised Chevron’s involvement with the county’s music service which, he added, had been encouraged by Phil.

There were also tributes from the Council’s road safety officer, John Gobbi and John Deason, manager of Sport Pembrokeshire – the sports development arm of the Authority – who outlined the involvement of Phil and Chevron in supporting their services over many years. They also made presentations of their own to Phil – a cartoon and a signed chef’s apron.

Photograph: Councillor Hughes presents Phil with his whisky tumblers.


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