Carnah Events launched Totally Logistics North in September 2011 and this year will be launching Totally Logistics South at FIVE, Farnborough on 10-11 October 2012, and running Totally Logistics North again at Doncaster Racecourse on 26-27 September 2012. www.totallylogistics.co.uk
What brought you to this industry?
Neil Asten and I were contract publishing a small magazine called Logistics Today on behalf of the Institute of Materials Management (IMM) in the early 90s. When the IMM was merged into the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport we lost the contract and we decided to launch our own magazine in 1994 called Logistics Manager.
What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Creating something out of nothing. There is nothing more exciting than starting with an empty hall and after a lot of sweat, blood and tears creating an exhibition that delivers the right visitors to the right exhibitors so that everyone’s happy.
Who inspired you most in your career?
Neil Asten. He had some great expressions and if any of the staff were complaining about a hard day’s work he used to say, “I’ll tell you what’s a hard day: going down a pit for 12 hours, digging in the dark, coming back up the shaft filthy dirty and counting your fingers to see if they’re all there!”
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
A Warehouse Management System – I’m a real stickler for being on time and having everything organised.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
Quite a lot, but I never look back, because whether its DIY or work, as long as you learn from your mistakes you know you’ll always do a better job next time round.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
Neil and I used to publish a trade magazine called Motorcycle Trader and one day we went to a press launch of a Kawasaki Jet Ski. We were obviously pretending to be experts on the subject but we were then horrified to be given wetsuits to put on so that we could go and test out the new jet ski. The only problem was that when we proudly reappeared in our new attire we were told that we had them on the wrong way round!
Who or what makes you laugh?
Comedians or people who are great observers – just Michael MacIntyre’s mannerisms has me in stitches.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Certainly very hidden now, but a strange mix of county hockey, watercolours and DIY.
Who would be your favourite party guest?
What is the greatest luxury in your life?
Working for myself.
What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
Going skiing this weekend with my tennis chums… and I certainly feel guilty about leaving the family behind!
Do you have any secret ambitions?
To row 2,000 metres in under 7 minutes… but its getting less and less likely now!
What’s your dream holiday destination?
I’m going on safari with the family to Tanzania at the end of the year and I really hope this turns out to be my dream holiday destination.
What are your three favourite movies of all time?
What is your favourite book of all time?
I just read newspapers and so my answer would have to be Ant and Bee and Kind Dog.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Playing competitive sport.
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Take the family skiing as well to stop them moaning!
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
The people in this industry are brilliant and never forget that everyone knows everyone!
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