If you could show off any AVID product to someone who has never heard of the company, what would it be and why?
I’d definitely show off the EVO motors, mainly because I love the way that they can be cross-functional. Obviously you’ve got the environmental benefits of the motor versus standard ICE engines, but I also love that there’s the raw power behind it, as you can see with things such as Eva and the world record beating electric motorbike, it can work in both extremes.
What is your favourite part of working at AVID?
My favourite part of working at AVID is just the whole team that I get to work with. I like the constant progression too, so if there’s been things I wasn’t happy with I would go and talk to my manager and they’ve let me move around a bit to find what I like doing, and I think that I’m quite good at what I do now because I’ve been allowed that flexibility to find where I work best and where I’m happy at.
What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Problem-solving is definitely my favourite thing. I like when we do one-off bespoke parts for customers, that’s more interesting for me, because I see all of our main AVID products as high-quality anyway, so when there’s something new, something different I actually have to think how I’m going to jig it up and what parts I’m going to measure, so I actually have to use my brain a bit more. Plus, I do like machined components, something makes me happy about that
How has your career grown while at AVID?
It’s grown massively, so I started in production originally, then I started my apprenticeship and moved into mechanical design. I did that for about a year, I was mainly doing mechanical drawings and that, but I didn’t really enjoy it that much, I was too kind of stuck behind a desk. So I had a word with a few people, then I got on to working in the quality team. I started off very simple, just pretty much doing measurements, but from there I moved up to being the main person for ingoing and outgoing inspections and having my own quality inspection room. So I’d say it’s grown massively, and it’s grown the way I wanted it to.
Who is your favourite sports team/athlete?
My favourite athlete would have to be, well I’ve got a few. I like bodybuilding, so Lee Priest, Phil Heath and Luke Sandoe. They’re my favourite athletes, not just because of the way that they look, but also it’s the way their attitudes are, how driven they are.
Who is your idol?
It’s another bodybuilder, Seth Feroce. Not one of my favourite athletes, which I know is a bit weird, but he’s my idol, not just because of his physique but because he’s a businessman, he’s got multiple businesses, he’s a family man, and it’s all stuff that I relate to. I like the way that he pushes himself, he’s had a lot of setbacks in his life and he just moves forward from them.
What is your favourite thing to do in the North East?
Well, I’ve got a dog, so I love to go walking, taking him for hikes. We go up mountains, we go anywhere in the countryside, Simonside and places like that, and beaches, I love Blyth beach and Whitley Bay, so that’s pretty much a daily occurrence. He’s a Chihuahua, but for his little legs he does quite well, he really goes for it bless him.
Finally, If you could transport AVID to any location in the world, where would it be?
For me, the North East is where AVID should be. I love living here, and to be honest I wouldn’t really like to change that. I’d like it to be warmer, I think everyone would, but as a whole, I think the North East is perfect. It’s where home is for me.