CHEP is the global leader in pallet and container pooling services. Operating in over 44 countries and servicing more than 300,000 customers, we provide innovative products and services that enable our customers to concentrate on operating their supply chains at lowest economic and environmental cost.
What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
It’s working with your customers on the areas where they have the biggest challenge in their supply chain and creating innovative solutions that create the best value – like our innovative Managed Recovery service or working to reduce C02 emissions through collaboration.
Who inspired you most in your career?
I would love to name one person but many people have inspired me. I think we are all influenced by lots of people in different ways – it could be drive, compassion, integrity, honesty or belief. Sometimes you see ordinary people achieve the extraordinary – like the miners in Chile for example.
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
A battery charger, full of energy and a critical part of the warehouse.
What brought you to this industry?
My Dad worked in logistics so I grew up in the industry. I was fascinated in how products reached their customers – a challenge that has shaped our industry and drives us all forward to increase efficiency at the lowest cost.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
Probably take 2 years out travelling the world and marry my wife ten years earlier.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Relaxing with my family and friends – it is extremely important to invest time away from work to relax and also gain perspective and motivation.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
Trying to get into my house after a night out and admiring my Dad’s new car that I had not seen – it was only when my neighbour explained that that was his car, did the penny drop that I was trying to get into his house very loudly and very late!
Do you have any hidden talents?
I raced motorbikes semi-professionally and also was a motorcycle training instructor.
Who would be your favourite party guest?
What is the greatest luxury in your life?
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Invest some of it wisely, have serious fun, and become a full time charity supporter.
Who or what makes you laugh?
Stand up comedy – laughter is one of the greatest gifts ever. I remember hours of fun listening to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore at school.
Do you have any secret ambitions?
To compete in the Paris Dakar Rally, or more challenging the Marathon des Sables – a 6 day race on foot across the Sahara.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
The Whitsunday Islands, Australia.
What’s your favourite music album?
Stone Roses by Stone Roses as it defined British indie music.
What’s your favourite movies?
The Italian Job for a being such a great caper and more seriously, We Were Soldiers – a tribute to the men of both sides in the Vietnam war, focusing on Lt. Col. Hal Moore whose trust and loyalty to his men is quite remarkable.
What’s your favourite book?
Ayrton Senna – The Whole Story or Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
Who or what do you detest the most?
Any form of discrimination.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
The best advice I could give would be to act with integrity and honesty, be open to change and look for the simple solutions that avoid complexity, have fun, work hard and good fortune will follow. Above all, listen to the market and your customers.
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