Our Engineering Manager hits the headlines

Riverside Waste Machinery

What was your first job? A seed analyst for an agricultural merchant.

What are the best and worst moments of your career so far? Being made production manager for that firm – my first step into management and the kick-start to the skill-set for my current role. Being made redundant from that position several years later was a definite low point, although I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t!

What is your toughest challenge? Understanding customers’ very varied waste problems and devising baler-based engineering solutions that satisfy every legislative requirement, environmental driver and financial pressure.

What is your favourite food? Greek? Italian? Thai? Indian? In other words, anything!

How do you relax? By walking, gardening or tending to my carp.

Book or e-reader? I prefer books but you can’t beat an e-reader for convenience. I’m currently reading An Innocent in Africa.

What one thing would you change about the waste/recycling industry? I’d remove the constant politicking that surrounds being green. We all know it’s a good idea – I’d rather more time be spent taking action.

If you weren’t in waste what would you want to be? A travel writer.

Where is your favourite place, apart from home? Mauritius – I’m lucky to have travelled to some very exotic places, and that’s definitely one of the most idyllic destinations I’ve visited.

What is your favourite song? Holding Back the Years, by Simply Red.

If you could have a drink with one famous person, who would it be? Rock legend Pete Townshend.