OPS is a leading independent consultancy providing tailored solutions across all areas of logistics including mail, materials handling, supply chain management, training, recruitment and interim management. By drawing upon a nationwide network of industry specialists, OPS can provide dedicated, hands-on service that adopt best practice thinking and techniques to deliver guaranteed benefits and return on investment.

OPS’ flexible approach produces tangible and quantifiable results to help companies overcome the wide range of supply chain challenges they face. This combines proven processes with the ability to adapt to the precise business and operational needs of individual organisations.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Delivering results. I always get excited about achieving targets and exceeding expectations, whether it be an external or internal customer.

Who inspired you most in your career?

An old boss of mine. I was once asked to decide whether someone who worked for me deserved a commendation. Not having done this before, I had no benchmark to go against, so I sought out his advice. What he told me has stayed with me to this day; “If a person is deserving of something, you should be able to look around and see them, even after they have left.”

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

An organisation chart, so I could ensure everything was being done both to time and greatest efficiency.

What brought you to this industry?

Just pure luck. I joined the Air Force in the mid seventies (now showing my age) and went straight into the logistics field.

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

Nothing – I don’t worry about things I cannot change.

What’s your favourite pastime?

Spending time in my allotment. A place that is my Avalon.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

Having my military luggage check at customs (on a military base) only to find it filled with my wife’s under garments. Problem being was that my wife was flying out of a different airport hundreds of miles away! (Never let your wife pack your suitcase.)

Do you have any hidden talents?

I love to draw and occasionally paint.

Who would be your favourite party guest?

US President Barack Obama – someone who is not afraid to deliver change, even if it means compromising. Besides, it would be the safest party I ever went to.

What is the greatest luxury in your life?

In life, it would have to be my wife and kids. The greatest luxury any man could want.

If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

First and foremost, buy a ticket to the International Space Station. Then invest to grow the money.

Who or what makes you laugh?

Political satire.

Do you have any secret ambitions?

To explore distant planets and systems and see what else exists.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

The world. There is so much to see, do and experience.

What’s your favourite music album?

La Scala: Concert 03/03/03 by Ludovico Einaudi.

What is your favourite movies?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

What’s your favourite book?

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Who or what do you detest the most?

Politicians who only think short term and those who abuse the system for personal gain.

What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?

If you enjoy a pressured, time sensitive and measured environment, then grab the bull by the horns and enjoy the ride. Just remember to leave your positive mark on the industry.

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