Simon Turner was one
of the 16 Risk Waters Group staff whose lives were
lost in the September 11 attack on the World Trade
Center in New York.
It is difficult to know where to start in trying to convey Simon’s importance
to the success story not only of this publication but to Risk Waters Group as
Although he had moved on to greater things within the company, becoming a board
director in February 2001, Simon was key to the growth of EPRM.
In August 1995
he became advertising managing of Energy Risk – the newsletter that preceded
EPRM magazine. The following five years saw EPRM grow rapidly from a newsletter
to a formidable monthly magazine. During that time Simon, who had since become
publisher, recruited much of the team that still works for the magazine today.
All the while, Simon’s enthusiasm, warmth and energy encouraged, inspired
and motivated those around him and helped EPRM achieve higher and higher levels
of success with each year.
EPRM’s success was mirrored by that of the company and in June 1999 Risk
Publications acquired Waters Information Services. Simon was instrumental in
integrating both businesses, and this led to his next role as publishing director
of Waters. He remained an associate publisher of EPRM, and was never short of
supportive words and suggestions to the magazine’s staff.
Outside Risk Waters Group, Simon had a long involvement with the army, in particular
the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), of which he was an active member, and
where his abilities and enthusiasm won him a great deal of praise, respect and
affection. This military background gave him a keen eye for detail and a certainty
that there was a right way of doing things. All those who have worked closely
with him at Risk Waters will have experienced and been challenged by his dedication
and determination to see a task through to its conclusion.
As a loving husband and father-to-be, Simon’s eager expectation of the
birth of his first child in November this year was apparent. Simon had achieved
so much, but there can be no doubt that marriage and the prospect of fatherhood
filled him with the greatest pleasure and the most satisfaction of all.
For his friends and colleagues Simon will be best remembered for being Simon – that
combination of enthusiasm, social ability and steadfast, considerate friendship.
As the chaplain at the HAC says:"I am sure that wherever Simon is now
he will have already arranged the first cocktail party."
Elizabeth Turner (Wife)