CHEP is the global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions, serving many of the world’s largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. CHEP’s 7,500-plus employees and 300 million pallets and containers offer unbeatable coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points in over 50 countries.
What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
The ever changing challenges and the varied scope – no two days are ever the same.
Who inspired you most in your career?
My father who taught me that honest hard work was the solid, basic ingredient for a fulfilled and happy life.
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
The walls: dependable, supportive and strong when needed but also fully prepared to embrace the new within.
What brought you to this industry?
Well I can’t say I dreamt of being in Logistics when I was a child. However once in the industry the cut and thrust and the energy required is what keeps me here.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
Listen a great deal more at school, knowing now how valuable so much of it was having had to learn some of it the hard way later in life.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Spending time with my family and watching my beloved Manchester United (I will keep it in that order just in case my family sees this).
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
Hiding in the back of my car when I thought an armed robbery was taking place at a petrol station I was visiting.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Yes – and they are hidden for a good reason.
Who would be your favourite party guest?
What is the greatest luxury in your life?
Time – there’s never enough of it.
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Count it all!
Who or what makes you laugh?
Do you have any secret ambitions?
Yes, to one day write a book, although as to the subject and timing I have no idea at this point in my life.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Algarve, great weather, food, drink and wonderful people.
What’s your favourite music album?
Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. A band that were so much more than just “come on Eileen” made an impression at my a critical time of life.
What’s you favourite movie?
Generally anything featuring Anthony Hopkins. In particular “Meet Joe Black”, an emotional story which reminds me what is truly important in life.
What’s your favourite book?
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – I read it for the first time when I was a small boy and found it enchanting. Reading it as an adult I find the links into human behaviour and history both fascinating and still very much relevant today.
Who or what do you detest the most?
Bad manners and lack of respect
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
Make sure you consider yourself a team player; this is an industry that relies on collaboration and a strong team ethic.
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