What was your background before joining GPH?
Since leaving school I have taken on a number of different job and life opportunities. From general labouring work in the construction industry to travelling Australia and New Zealand working in the agricultural industry. I have enjoyed all the different opportunities I have undertaken and earned some valuable life skills along the way. I have always had an interest in the construction industry and back in 2012 joined Travis Perkins to work as a tool hire fitter/driver. I progressed in the company becoming an assistant branch manager and after a few years was looking for the next challenge when the opportunity came up with GPH to manage the Westhill branch.
Describe a typical day for you?
No two days are the same at GPH and that’s what I enjoy about the role. It’s an early start but good to provide that service so our customers can get going on site in the mornings. Organising the staff and deliveries for the day followed by sorting through enquires received overnight. I try to walk the yard most days to check that everything is safe and the yard is set up for stock and customers coming in for materials. The rest of the day is made up of a variety of admin and safety paperwork along with quoting and speaking with customers and staff. As with all the GPH branches we have a good team network and makes work an enjoyable place to come to.
What has been your biggest challenge since joining GPH?
My biggest challenge since joining GPH is trying to get up to speed with all the staff and customer needs. I have only been here for four weeks and I am just trying to get my head round all the different names and characters.
What has been your biggest professional success/achievement?
Taking on the role as Branch Manager here at GPH has been my biggest professional achievement. I feel I have worked hard to get to where I am now and am looking forward to furthering my career within GPH.
What is your favourite thing about working for GPH?
I enjoy working for GPH as there is a sense of a family culture within the group. You get to see and meet all the people who make the company what it is today. There is also a sense of trust and an element of freedom to let you make the decisions you feel work best for your branch and the company.
What do you do to relax/unwind?
Family time is very important to me and my wife Jodie and I are busy raising a 4 month old baby boy Finn so it’s been a few sleepless nights recently but wouldn’t change it. I regularly play golf and have enjoyed playing rugby on and off for Garioch RFC over the last 30 years. I enjoy being up in the hills climbing munros with our cocker spaniel Max and skiing when we get the weather for it.
What’s the best piece of work-related or personal advice you have received?
A term from the southern hemisphere “she’ll be right” Every day we face challenges and it’s all to easy to get stressed and lose focus but with a cool head whatever is wrong will right itself.
What would you say to someone who has never been to a GPH branch before?
It really is open to everyone. Trade and public are welcomed with open arms and the team at GPH are looking forward to dealing with anyone who comes in the gate.