"I am here to support the apprentices in their journey to achieving the competence necessary for them to be excellent engineers, both professionally and personally."
What led you to work for PETA?
Born in England, raised in South Africa. I had my own business for 27 years but after I closed that down I taught Physical Education for 6 years. When I left South Africa and came back to England with my wife, I worked for a company installing Printed Circuit Manufacturing Equipment around the world. I then met Darren Kelly from PETA and when I resigned and saw the job for L&D Coach at PETA, I asked Darren to recommend me for the job.
What is your role at PETA and what drives you to do what you do?
I am a Learning and Development Coach with the engineering department. I have always enjoyed educating people and I have had over 40 years in engineering from apprentice to business owner. I enjoy transferring skills and then seeing how the learners use, adapt and take ownership of this in their own journey.
What knowledge and experience do you draw upon for your role?
I have completed an apprenticeship and I am also qualified with an HND in electronics. Further to this I have completed an HND in Exercise and Sports Conditioning.
I started my own manufacturing company from a small room in my parents' house, and this progressed to a larger facility making specialist Printed Circuit Boards for military and commercial fields.
How do you approach your role on a day-to-day basis? What skills are required?
My role as a coach is to treat all the apprentices the same. I am friendly and firm, with a positive disposition. I am here to support the apprentices in their journey to achieving the competence necessary for them to be excellent engineers, both professionally and personally.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
I love the outdoors and enjoy walking with my wife and chatting about everything.
What are your personal value, and what is important to you?
I try to be friendly and a good listener. I believe in trust, loyalty and integrity with everyone I meet and hope that my behaviour elicits reciprocity.