WLN –What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

The diversity of what our customers require. One day you could be working on an open plan warehouse and the next a full turnkey sports facility! Every job is different.

WLN –Who’s inspired you most in your career?

I could name a few senior managers, but I think they would be embarrassed! Over time, I have observed different leadership styles and I try to emulate the best bits. I think the old saying ‘lead as you would like to be led’ rings very true.

WLN – If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?

Definitely a fork lift truck – the driving force that ties everything together.

WLN – If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

Learn one or two additional languages. We operate in a global arena where taking a flight to another country is just another day in the office, so communication is vital.

WLN – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

I once drove a minibus to Heathrow Airport to collect some overseas visitors. In my wisdom and despite being in a strange vehicle, I ignored all the signs regarding height restrictions and inevitably ended up hitting the overhead security bar. Explaining the huge dent in the roof to the business I worked for and to the hire company was fun…

WLN –Who or what makes you laugh?

I love stand-up comedy. My current favourites are Kevin Bridges and Milton Jones although I’m still a fan of the ‘old school’ classics like Peter Kay – ‘Car Share’ is brilliant.

WLN – Do you have any hidden talents?

If I do, they must be very well hidden!

WLN – Who would be your favourite party guest?

A great current stand-up comedian or Alan Shearer.

WLN – What is the greatest luxury in your life?

A good quality cheese board and a decent bottle of Rioja.

WLN –What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

A kebab after a night out.

WLN – Do you have any secret ambitions?

I loved watching Bond movies when I was growing up so I’ve always fancied working as a secret agent for MI6.

WLN – What’s your dream holiday destination?

The Algarve and Portugal generally where its not too far away, there is a relaxed way of life, great weather and good wine.

WLN –What are your three favourite movies of all time?

Skyfall, A Few Good Men and The Full Monty. Some of the one-liners in The Full Monty are great.

WLN – What is your favourite book of all time?

I haven’t got a favourite as such, but I do like autobiographies written by sports stars or comedians. A top tip for people who don’t have enough time to read but who do spend a lot of time in the car – turn the radio off and try an e-book instead.

WLN –What’s your favourite pastime?

Watching local football matches with one of my lads.

WLN – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

Retire to The Algarve but offer businesses advice on a consultancy basis.

WLN –What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry?

Listen to everything, digest it all and learn from the good stuff.

SPACIOTEMPO

Spaciotempo has built a solid reputation as the UK’s leading supplier of temporary buildings since it was established 46 years ago.

Part of the international GL Events Group, Spaciotempo have offices in Staffordshire, Motherwell and Belfast, offering truly nationwide coverage.

Spaciotempo provide full turnkey packages for the industrial, logistics, retail, education and sports sectors, offering anything from 5m x 5m storage boxes to football tunnels and unique multi-span structures.

The Spaciotempo team can project manage any build, taking the stress out of the process for customers.

To take part in Quote Unquote please call: 01923 272960 or email: james@warehousenews.co.uk