- Could you please tell us about your past experience in the scaffolding industry?
Despite never being a Scaffolder myself, I have been in the industry for 5 years now. Prior to joining Simian I worked in the office for a local scaffolding company as a temporary works co-ordinator and a hire/sales controller, helping book and organise jobs for the scaffolders. I filled out all the delivery and return tickets for any scaffold to be erected/dismantled as well as filling out all the Method Statements and Risk Assessments. I dealt with customers on a daily basis, dealing with any enquiries they had.
- Can you describe a typical day at Simian Risk?
A typical day at Simian mainly consists of dealing with customers/delegates, be it on the phone or via emails regarding any enquiries they may have. As part of the bookings team I also deal with booking delegates onto our courses. Our main focus is to fill our courses with as many delegates as possible.
- Is there one aspect of your work in particular that you most enjoy?
I enjoy working closely with scaffolding companies due to the fact I have worked for one previously and enjoyed my time there. I also really enjoy working with the people I do at our Warrington centre as I was made to feel very welcome and settled in quickly due to it being a great environment to work in.
- What advice would you give those considering a career in the scaffolding industry?
The scaffolding industry has endless opportunities and is an excellent industry to get into, with lots of money to be earnt! I know many people who have made great careers through the scaffolding industry, be it as a competent scaffolder, a supervisor, director or even the instructors I have met since joining Simian
- In your opinion, what is the most important piece of guidance you give trainee scaffolders?
The advice I would give to trainee scaffolders is to knuckle down, work hard and keep bettering yourself as often as you can. A career as a scaffolder can literally take you anywhere in the world and be extremely rewarding.
- Before working at Simian, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’ve never really had any unusual jobs but the most interesting I had was being a fully qualified football referee when I was younger, officiating in local junior leagues.
- Aside from scaffolding, what would be your dream job?
When I was younger I wanted to be a Train Driver, don’t ask why!
- If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Buenos Aires or Las Vegas
- Favourite film?
Goodfellas – a New York gangster film directed by Martin Scorsese based on a true story and in my opinion the best film ever made
- Favourite food?
Curry – I’m even a member of a Curry Club, the last Saturday of every month without fail visiting a different restaurant in the WA postcode each time!
- Have you ever had your 15 minutes of fame?
I have never had my 15 minutes of fame but I follow Warrington Rugby League home and away and a few years ago we scored a last minute try away at Hull to win the league leaders shield. The sky sports camera panned to me, my dad and my mate in the crowd celebrating going absolutely ballistic! I received so many messages and videos that night from people saying they’d seen me on TV, it felt like fame!