How did you get started in the industry?
Readers with long memories will remember I was a wholesale grower and past chairman of the Midland Regional Growers. In recent years I left wholesaling for the excitement and bright lights of retailing. My time with Coolings started in January this year and represents one of those "I didn't expect that" opportunities because Coolings was a bit of a dream company for a horticulturalist like myself.
What does your typical day involve?
There are ongoing tasks such as health and safety, training plus deadlines for marketing activity and a number of unscheduled tasks that tend to pop up quite often. Much of my work is in the background and involves coordinating other people, who really deserve all the credit. The superb team at Coolings makes it very easy and all I do is join the dots to be honest.
What is the best aspect of your job?
Coolings engages in light-touch management, which permits staff the space to develop roles and take ownership. The business is very progressive and forward thinking, which is very energising.
And the worst?
I really have not found a "bad" part to the job.
How do you wind down after a hard day's work?
I catch up with my family, read, sometimes watch a good film and particularly some of the excellent output on BBC Four such as The Killing and Borgen.
What does the future hold?
More birthdays hopefully. Coolings is a place that is going to keep moving forward and I very much enjoy being part of its development.