I started working life as an apprentice hand bookbinder/ruler in 1983 at a company called Geo Constable Printers in South Africa. They sent me to college where I achieved my N2 National Printers’ Certificate in Warehouse and Bindery Theory / English A (Printers) and Printers’ Calculations.
Four years into my apprenticeship I was called up for National Service, and I served two years in the South African Army. After that I returned to hand bookbinding for a further four years before becoming the buyer for the company.
I got my Diploma in Storekeeping next and moved on to be a sales rep for the company.
After 13 years at Geo Constable I felt it was time to leave South Africa and I came back to the UK. I started working for Page Bros on 6th January 1997 as a supervisor in our busy Despatch Department. I was very excited about staying in the print industry. It’s a real passion of mine.
I’m proud to say that I am now Despatch/Warehouse Manager for a well established and expanding printers with a great future.
I run a very busy Despatch department. We have our own fleet of vehicles from small vans up to 18 ton capacity, as well as working with outside contractors. We aim to get our work delivered on time, every time, and securely. I’ve helped set up other units and put processes in place to ensure a more streamlined and efficient workflow.
It’s an enthusiastic team and we work together to produce only the best for our customers. We take real pride in all our work, and that includes the wrapping of parcels and loading pallets.
When I’m not working I’m keen on Wing Chun Kung Fu. It teaches discipline and fitness.