What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Logistics is such a dynamic industry, with ample opportunities for everyone to grow and thrive. The most exciting thing is watching colleagues develop into industry-leading individuals, who can forge the career that they want.
Who has inspired you most in your career?
Every operations manager, line manager or warehouse supervisor who has afforded me the opportunity to progress has inspired me at some point. However, the most inspiring individuals are those I’ve been lucky enough to see progress.
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
I’d be one of our forklift trucks. Present in all parts of the warehouse, overseeing operations and always on the move.
If you had your time again, what would you do different?
I don’t have many regrets about my career at all, but I would’ve liked access to more formal educational qualifications when I started out. Organisations like the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT) are great for offering the next generation opportunities to further their education, and contribute to making this sector more dynamic and diverse. I would’ve loved this when I started out.
What’s your favourite pastime?
I have an interest in vintage cars and bikes, which I frequently work on at weekends. I wish I had a bigger garage to expand my collection!
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened in your career?
I don’t recall having an embarrassing moment ever, but a career ‘failure’ might have been not being proactive in seeking out opportunities for further education. That said, I wouldn’t trade my practical experience in for anything.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’ve always benefited from the practical roles this industry as given me. As a result, I do enjoy my DIY.
Who would be your favourite party guest?
My chosen party guest would have to be the late Muhammad Ali. Not only would he have some great stories to share, I think he could offer some fantastic advice for any logistics minds around the table, who work hard to develop the talent they are given.
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Without a doubt, I’d build a bigger garage!
Who or what makes you laugh?
There is always someone everyday, whether at home or work, who makes me laugh. If we’re talking about comedians however, I’m a fan of the classically British stuff, so people like Ricky Gervais.
What’s your dream holiday?
I would love to see all the seven wonders of the world. I lived in Canada for work, not far away from Niagra Falls. So, I was lucky enough to visit this one a few times. The remaining six are definitely on my bucket list.
What’s your favourite music album?
I have many favourite albums, but my favourite artist has to be Aretha Franklin. In fact, she and Muhammad Ali would both make great dinner guests.
What’s your favourite movie or Netflix series?
This is a tie between Quadraphenia, staring Phil Daniels, Lesley Ash and Sting, or the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd. Both very different, but ones I’d consider the classics.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
My advice to anyone coming into the industry, in any position, would be to give it your all. If you completely open yourself up to the opportunities this industry can give you, you’ll have a job for life.