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Day in the Life: Peter Brooks
01 March, 2017

T hey say that only a minority of people are in the right job well I consider myself one of the fortunate few. Of course, it would be wrong to say that every day is perfect, but overall I enjoy my work and often describe it as an addiction in a good way, I hasten to add. I have a great love of variety and a restless nature so being out and about is what suits me best, and as anyone in field sales knows, variety and being out are among the few guarantees of the job.

Day in the Life: Lee Papper
01 February, 2017

I founded TLM Group Technology in 2011, having worked in the forecourt industry for nearly 20 years for various companies including LSL, Gilbarco and Torex. I started my career as a trainee and worked my way up to service engineer. I wanted to start my own company because I felt that there was a gap in the market for a pump maintenance business that focused on high quality service and expertise.

Day in the Life: George Watson
09 January, 2017

A 3.15am alarm signals the start of my day as I aim to be through the gates of the Grangemouth depot by 4am. To avoid the queues that build towards Ineos Grangemouth, all of us tanker drivers arrive before 4.45am and, as we start our day, one thing is guaranteed; no two days will ever be the same.

Day in the Life: George Field
01 December, 2016

I know lots of people say no two days are the same for them but for me that really is true. And that's because I don't work nine-to-five. I live in Comrie in Perthshire and clock up about 45,000 miles a year working for Air-serv covering Scotland, the North East, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and some of their National Accounts.

Day in the Life: Jerry Marwood
04 November, 2016

Like most of us, for me the typical day doesn't exist which is, I guess, why we are attracted to this industry, however one common component is an early start! Wherever I'm heading that day, I like to get on with it. This means dressing in the dark to avoid disturbing the family, which goes some way to explaining my dress sense.

Day in the Life: Ray Blake
10 October, 2016

Since leaving my 35-year career in the enforcement of petroleum legislation, just over a year ago, I don't have a typical day and I'm very happy with this situation. Gone are the frustrating car journeys into and around London, and not having the daily commute alone has given me an extra 10 hours a week and has certainly removed a large element of stress.

Day in the Life: Hemant Tandon
08 September, 2016

I start most days at 6.30am with a spinning class at my local gym. I often question why I allow myself to be screamed at by my spinning instructor but, by the end of the 45-minute class, the exhilarating feeling convinces me otherwise. Spinning is definitely the best way to start my day.

Day in the Life: Ian Taylor
25 August, 2016

Just as no two Spar stores are the same, no two days in my job are the same, either! As head of retail at Spar, my role isn't office based. In any given week, I could have to travel from Manchester to Northern Ireland, to Scotland to Exeter, then a day in Harrow where Spar UK is based and then finally back home!

Day in the Life: SB Prasad
17 July, 2016

A fter 35 years in business, the one thing I can say with some certainty is that although no two days are the same, they are always interesting. I'll wake at 6am and spend 20 minutes doing some yoga, to set me up for the challenges ahead, before reviewing my emails and leaving home.

Day in the Life: Bob Etchingham
01 June, 2016

As a long-time reader of Forecourt Trader, I have read many descriptions of 'A day in the Life' of various oil industry executives. Most rise with the sun and endure a gruelling day before 'replacing the nozzle' late in the evening! I am not going to try and persuade you that my typical day is like that because, apart from anything else over the years, you master the art of knowing when to cut corners, when to let things go and when to delegate to younger and usually more skilful players.

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