Five minutes with...Ray Schofield, Depot Manager, Newcastle
So, Ray, how long have you been with Facelift and what is your role?
I have only been with Facelift for a month as depot manager at Newcastle covering the North East area, up into Scotland and across to Carlisle. As well as overseeing the safe and efficient running of the branch, I will be looking to promote new business in the area as well as maintain the great relationships we have with our current customers.
I am still getting to know our ever expanding team here in the north east but there is a huge amount of experience between them and everyone has been great.
How did you get into the plant hire business?
I got into the plant hire business around 20 years ago as a driver and found myself taking naturally to it, I worked my way up through most roles and have been a manager for just over 10 years. I still think every day is a school day and you never stop learning. Joining Facelift is a new chapter in my career and I'm really looking forward to it.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love the specialised nature of powered access and find some of the machines extremely impressive, as demonstrated to me when I found myself 50m above Liverpool a short time ago! We have a great management team in place and there is plenty backing with anything I need. The support I have received from the whole Facelift team has been great.
What do you see as the challenges and opportunities for the industry in the future?
I think there are many opportunities as powered access is a much safer option for working at height and here at Facelift we try to provide a one stop shop but with a personal touch you often don’t get nowadays. When it comes to challenges I'm sure there will be many but it's something we will deal with and overcome as and when they happen.
What's been the most enjoyable / satisfying job you've completed?
I am still very new to the business so things are more work in progress than completed but I have some great plans and a fantastic team around me so the sky is the limit (if we can get a machine big enough).