What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Meeting and helping people finding solutions to energy problems.
Who inspired you most in your career?
Mike Butters a guy I worked for in the 90’s.
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
A light as I try to bring clarity and realisation.
What brought you to this industry?
A mistake really. I thought I was going to sell starter batteries in the Automotive industry.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
Nothing! I have learnt, developed, and gained experience from all the interesting people I have met and worked with.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Golf, Skiing and socialising with interesting people.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
Professionally, Spraying battery acid into a customer’s face from a hydrometer. ( in the 1980’s)
Do you have any hidden talents?
I do a bit of after dinner speaking but as anyone who knows me will confirm nothing is hidden with me.
Who would be your favourite party guest?
Dead – Spike Milligan. Alive – John Cleese.
What is the greatest luxury in your life?
Freedom to operate in a professional and supportive way.
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Depends on how much I won. If it was a tenner I would treat my wife to something special. If it was a substantial win a property near a Portuguese Golf course area.
Who or what makes you laugh?
People that state the obvious or ask questions that have pretty obvious answers.
Do you have any secret ambitions?
To continue working and meeting with people for as long as possible.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in Italy but Sorento by choice. However I would love to visit Japan.
What’s your favourite music album?
I have a very mixed taste in music from AC/DC (not an electrical joke) to the Carpenters.
What’s your favourite movie?
The Great Escape until Steve McQueen gets his motorbike over that fence.
What’s your favourite book?
I’m not a reader I’m afraid so anything written by our companies CEO.
Who or what do you detest the most?
Tripe! Spoken or offered as a Northern offal dish.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
It’s a great industry full of variety, fascination, interesting challenges, people and opportunities. Do it!
Hoppecke Industrial Batteries Ltd
Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has been servicing the UK’s energy requirements in a range of industries since the early 1980s. Hoppecke Industrial Batteries offer energy storage solutions in the four main application areas of emission-free drives (trak), secured power supply (grid), storage of regenerative energies (sun) and railway- / metro-systems (rail).