What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

I think I’m lucky as most of my job is exciting – I would say that, wouldn’t I! However, the recent acquisition of the Fen-Bay Services Group is definitely one of the most exciting things happening at the moment. It brings fantastic potential future growth to both businesses by giving us the opportunity to be able to work collaboratively.

Hörmann now truly have a national service offering, with 24/7, 365 days a year call-out and we are able to provide full-site service for all product areas – loading bays, industrial doors, gates and barriers.

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

That’s easy, a high speed door – constantly active.

If you had your time again, what would you do different?

Absolutely nothing, as I tend to believe that the past choices you’ve made shape you as an individual.

Initially I studied to be a solicitor and then followed this up as with a post grad LPC. I then went to work in a call-centre dealing with customer complaints and installation issues, after which I spent some time in logistics for a major parcel delivery service and the worked for a major car manufacturer working on their dealer accounts and customer satisfaction. Before joining Hörmann I was working for a MHE manufacturer exporting goods worldwide and managing service engineers. So as you can see a varied career path which has exposed me to all sorts of industries and roles, all of which have been invaluable to getting me to where I am today.

What’s your favourite pastime?

When I’m not playing football, spending time with my family, watching films and relaxing.

Do you play a sport, follow a sport or support a team?

Fitness is really important to me and I play football for my local team the Hilton Harriers who prior to the Pandemic were the local cup winners. When I’m not playing football I support Liverpool.

For the past 10 years I have attended a military bootcamp run by an ex military instructor, just to give me that little extra on the football pitch!

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened in your career?

My team regularly remind me of my slightly nervous disposition. We were in the process of an office move when one of my team hid in a cupboard and jumped out at me. I have to say it scared me half to death. Unfortunately, I didn’t take it too well and I’m certainly not allowed to forget it.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Not any that I can share with you.

Who would be your favourite party guests?

From a footballing perspective it would be great to rub shoulders with some of the Liverpool greats, such as Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler and maybe some of the current team. I’d also have liked to have met Mohammed Ali, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.

If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

I’ve often thought about this, it would depend on the amount I had available but I think one of my priorities would be to pay off all of my family’s mortgages and give them a little to live off.

I have also always wanted to build my own house, so a nice self-build in the the countryside would be ideal, somewhere remote with a nice big garden and a view would be perfect. There would be a few holidays of course but I would like to think I would still work, but it would be nice to have a sizeable investment so that I could supplement my income and enjoy a few luxuries.

Who makes you laugh?

I used to like Lee Evans in my youth, now I quite like Peter Kay, John Bishop, Jason Manford and Billy Connolly.

What’s your dream holiday?

A nice quiet time with the family – a mixture of relaxation plus some interesting sites and places to visit. Now I’ve got a family we often go to France or Wales, but pre-children my favourite destination was the Maldives – just fabulous!

What’s your favourite music album?

I like a really eclectic mix of music, from EDM, Indie and rock, with the Killers, Kings of Leon, and Kasabian amongst some of my favourite bands. To relax, I listen to anything classical.

What’s your favourite movie?

I’ve got a few. My favourite when it first came out was The Usual Suspects, but one I watched over and over again when I was younger was the Matrix. Now I quite like the Miles Morales into the Spiderverse.

What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry?

Find a good company such as Hörmann where you can get really good training and support, and don’t be tempted to just chase the money because the grass is never greener.

I would also recommend doing an apprenticeship and then work through a variety of roles so you get a wide understanding of all types of products – electrically, hydraulically and mechanically.

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