Jon Hutchinson

Mechanical Handling Instructor

"I make sure I deliver courses in a relaxed atmosphere and that comes from knowing your subject."

What led you to work for PETA?

I am 38 years old, married with a 5-year-old son. I grew up in Gosport mainly after following my father's military career to places such as, York & Germany, now living in Bursledon. I come from a family with a large military history, serving 8 years in the British Army myself. I first became a Materials Handling Equipment Instructor in 2011, picking up the role again upon leaving the Army in 2022. One of the key selling points for me to apply for PETA was the training facility, it is a fantastic learning environment for delegates. I have been using MHE since I left school aged 16, gaining my first operator certificates in 2006 & 2007.

What is your role at PETA and what drives you to do what you do?

I am an accredited Materials Handling Equipment Instructor with 5 years' experience to date, I strive to deliver the correct training in the safe operation of machinery.

What knowledge or experience do you draw upon for your role?

Many years of operating MHE prior to becoming an instructor as well as life experience gained in the industry and the military.

How do you approach your role on a day-to-day basis? What skills are required?

Knowledge is the key for me, I like to be well-versed in whatever type of training I am delivering. I also like to make sure I am well prepared. I make sure I deliver courses in a relaxed atmosphere and that comes from knowing your subject.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Sports, I have been obsessed with football, boxing, horse racing and F1 since I can remember. I play a lot of tennis & squash weekly and go skiing in the winter.

What are your personal values and what is important to you?

Family, it is an important foundation, I have my wife and 5-year-old son at home, I am very close to my dad and brothers too.

Good morals and principles, trustworthiness. I have a real intolerance of discourteous and selfish people.