Me & My Job - Gerry O'Donnell, general manager Scotland, Glendale

Gerry O'Donnell, general manager Scotland, Glendale
Gerry O'Donnell, general manager Scotland, Glendale

- How did you get started in the industry?

As a child it was always my ambition to be seen as responsible enough by my father to use the mower and be able to cut our garden lawn. I knew that if I could do ours I would be able to offer my services to relatives and neighbours for a fee. I'm very green fingered and interested in plants and trees. When the job came up at Glendale I jumped at the chance to join such a major player in the sector.

- How does your new job differ from your last one?

I came from the hospitality and tourism sector so in my new role at Glendale I spend significantly more time outdoors, which is great. Other aspects of the job are very similar though, especially as both put the customer at the centre of all considerations.

- What does your typical day involve?

No two days are the same at Glendale, so I don't really have a typical day.

- What is the best aspect of your job?

That I learn something new every day.

- And the worst?

The commute. Sitting in traffic twice a day just isn't any fun.

- What has been your greatest achievement at work?

By far the most rewarding thing for me is developing people into all they can be. It's great to see someone realise their full potential and achieve beyond what they dreamed possible.

- How do you wind down after a hard day at work?

I'm trying my best to stay fit, so I'm trying to play golf as often as I can. I also enjoy other competitive sports, but I'm quite a bad loser. Recently I've also started to do a lot of running. I find that although it is strenuous it can be very relaxing and help me to work through my day.

- What does the future hold?

There are plenty of opportunities for us within Scotland's green and urban spaces given the range of services we offer and we have ambitious plans to make the most of those.


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