How did you get started in the industry? I was working in the motor trade and thought it was time to move on. I saw this vacancy come up, went for it and was lucky enough to be offered the job.
What advice would you give to others starting out? Having a mechanical background really helps with the technical knowledge required to work with the chippers and stump grinders. However, another great thing about working for Orange Plant is that they put you on all the necessary courses needed to complete your day-to-day tasks.
What does your typical day involve? It starts by communicating with my team in Peterborough and Burgess Hill to make sure the day is planned and if problems have arisen they are dealt with accordingly. This is the best way to really make sure that both the depots have what they need to complete the day's work. Other than that, every day is different.
What is the best aspect of your job? Knowing that each day is different. One day you might be on the road, the next in the workshop servicing a chipper or something completely different like on a machine breakdown in the middle of a forest. Another highlight is knowing that the staff I look after are happy and enjoy coming to work.
And the worst? The weather in winter when we are out and about.
What has been your greatest achievement at work? Being given the opportunity to run two successful depots and being asked to be the GreenMech liaison.
How do you wind down after a hard day? I spend a couple of hours continuing to restore my car at home.
What does the future hold? Hopefully working at Orange Plant for many years to come and making sure that the two depots I look after work and run to the best of their abilities.