Bill Redmond is a distinguished journalist who has reported on the UK materials handling industry for the last 25 years. He is well known to many people for his forthright views and independent spirit, which have contributed greatly to their enjoyment of their working lives and debate about the industry. He is his own man, and loves nothing more than a pint of real ale.
What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Helping the material handling industry improve efficiency by using better handling and distribution methods.
Who inspired you most in your career?
I haven’t been inspired by anyone specifically, but I’ve been in the industry for 25 years and enjoyed every one of them.
Who or what makes you laugh?
What time do you get to work, and how long do you work for every day?
It varies so much – from early till very late depending on whether I’m visiting clients or working on my PC.
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
A Bendi forklift truck.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
From a journalistic point of view, I feel the trade journals should represent users’ viewpoints instead of just manufacturers.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
See my yacht sink at its own mooring!
Do you have any hidden talents?
I sometimes foresee the future in my dreams.
Who would be your favourite party guest?
John Harvey Jones, the industrial/commercial advisor, formerly Chairman of ICI.
What is the greatest luxury in your life?
My new Volvo.
What do you fear most?
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Invest all the money in equities for a charitable trust.
What was your favourite hospitality jolly?
Four days by Lake Garda with an Italian forklift truck company.
What’s your dream holiday destination?
What are your three favourite movies of all time?
The Ten Commandments; All Quiet on the Western Front; and Gone With The Wind.
What’s your favourite pastime?
What’s your favourite book or magazine?
‘Outline of History’ by HG Wells.
Who or what do you detest the most?
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
Choose a company that’s financially sound.
Profile: Bill Redmond
Bill established his own business, Logistics Editorial Services, in 1993, following 14 years as an editor on Materials Handling News. He has written for all of Britain’s logistics journals and some overseas business titles. Currently, he is a press agent for several handling companies.