Welcome to the Pickerings Lifts Family
We welcome new colleagues to the Pickerings Lifts family.
Our colleagues come from all walks of life. They’re not all recruited from within the lift installation sector, and frequently, we deliberately recruit them because they have skills and experience from outside the lift industry. Skills and experience we actively want to bring in to help Pickerings Lifts expand and develop its potential.
Equally, new colleagues are often at different stages in their careers.
That’s one of the things that makes working in a company like Pickerings Lifts so interesting. You have the opportunity to work with people with vast loading systems, lift and escalator maintenance and product experience… who have come up through apprenticeship routes to their current level… and others who are at the very start of their career and are actively seeking that experience.
This month we have three colleagues we particularly want to shine a light on.
Two have lived and breathed the lift and escalator industry all their working lives. One has worked in an entirely different industry, but whose portable skills make them valuable in ours.
We caught up with Derek, Les and Colin when they attended the Pickerings Lifts induction, at our Head Office in Stockton-on-Tees, in the North East of England.
Editor: “Hi guys. Can I first ask you your names and your job roles, please?”
“Hi. I’m Derek Hayes, and I’m the new Installation Manager for Projects in Loading Systems.”
“My name’s Les… Les Mouratsing, and I’m the new Repair Supervisor for the London North office.”
“And I’m Colin Martin, the Regional Manager for Loading Systems South.”
“Great. Nice to meet you all. Can you give us a potted history of your experience, what you did in your previous job role, why you what attracted you to Pickerings Lifts, and what your role’s going to be about?”
Derek: “I began in the car industry – I was taken on as a technical apprentice at British Leyland Cars in 1978.
My previous job was as a structural Installation Manager for structural steelwork. I’ve been in similar industries all my life and I simply wanted a change of direction.
Here, I’m going to be preparation and planning of new projects.”
Les: “I started off as a mate working on lift installation, fitting package lifts in the 90’s.
I’ve worked in all aspects of field work in the lift industry… most recently as a service engineer, but I spent most of my time on modernisation, install and repairs.
Why have I taken this step?
I’ve been looking for a role that would allow me to progress my career path and Pickerings Lifts offered me the chance to move into a management / supervisor role.
In my new role I’m going to be responsible for managing repairs in the north London area.”
Colin: “I’ve got previous experience in running regional operational and sales teams across the UK. I’m going to be running the loading systems project teams out of the Redditch office.
For me, this is the next logical step. It’s a great challenge.”
“Thanks for that. Now, as Pickerings Lifts is all about showing that we’re ‘Real People’ and not automated phone systems, recorded voices and computer-driven schedules, can you give our readers a bit about you as a person, please?”
Derek: “Sure… I’m from sunny Birmingham. I’m married with grown up children, and grandchildren.
I have two frogs as pets and I get to share in other people’s dogs and cats [he laughs at this point].
I liked ‘Fringe’ on TV. Film… hard to say, because it depends on my mood, but I do like sci-fi. Books… I kept ‘American Psycho’ on hand for an unhealthy amount of time; and sport? Well… I gave my season ticket up at Birmingham City just before the pandemic, so arguably, football.”
Les: “I’m from Bedfordshire, and I’m really into field sports, coding and mountain biking. If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be anything with bacon in it, and I like coffee with no sugar if you ever meet me [he grins].”
“I live in the West Midlands, with a German Shepherd called ‘Mr Wilson’. My favourite books are probably “In Sunshine or In Shadow” by Donald McRae.
And I love watching Sky Sports! Oh… and a good steak! I drool just thinking about steak!”
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