Married with 3 grown up children, having lived and worked in Carlisle and surrounding area all my life. I came into the Funeral Business relatively late in life, a little by chance, but more by desire to change careers for many years.
After leaving school. my first job was a farm labourer, this was followed by a relatively short job as Warehouse Operative at a local Wholesale Chemist, my next job was with North West Water (latterly United Utilities). I remained with North West Water /United Utilities for almost 32 years. The first 5 years of my career was as a Mains layer/Repairs Operative in Carlisle and the surrounding area, I then moved onto the Water Supply and Treatment function within the business, working all over the Carlisle, Eden and North Allerdale areas on a variety of Water Treatment Works and reservoirs, one of my tasks during this time was to conduct tours of various facilities, to schools, colleges, councillors and various other parties, which allowed me to meet and public, before moving into management.
As with all large organisations, change is always prevalent, having several different roles within the Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale and Copeland areas managing teams of up to 37 employee’s and a budget of £5 million, enabled me to develop my communication, decision making skills, meeting the public, contractors, and other authorities to discuss problems and issues, and bring about resolutions.
My final position with United Utilities was Network Customer/Water Quality Manager, which predominantly involved problem solving, meeting with customers, stakeholders, regulators and Public Health bodies, but as many times before organisational changes resulted in all positions on this band of management were to be based within Head Office at Warrington, so after almost 32 years with United Utilities, and having no desire to move away from Carlisle, I took my chance and opted for Voluntary Redundancy.
As I mentioned my desire to change careers earlier, this enabled me to fulfil that desire and applied for the Position of Funeral Director, and ultimately joined George Hudson and Sons, initially as a casual bearer/driver in January 2010, and took up the post of Funeral Director in April 2010.
Why the change? In August 1997 my sister died suddenly, and I felt the Funeral Director made making the arrangements for her funeral so easy, and removed a lot of stress and tension away from the family, and allowed us time to grieve as everything was taken care of, it is my aim to do this for every family I have the pleasure of dealing with as a Funeral Director.