Matt, Operations Manager
Operations Manager, Matt, is one of the longest-serving employees of the mineral extraction company, Frimstone Ltd, clocking 29 years at the firm! After being awarded his HGV licence, Matt jumped at the chance to work for the local business as a lorry driver, before progressing into the Operations function of the business.
As well as his usual day-to-day tasks of organising plant and site staff, and monitoring the digs at site to ensure best quality material production, Matt is also currently managing the Stody Reservoir project, of which the aim is to create a 45 million-gallon reservoir by extracting the mineral from the ground.
Being an obsessive golfer, Matt enjoys nothing more than heading out onto the course after a long day at work and hitting balls to alleviate stress; he also loves to get involved in the Company’s annual golf day in September where possible. Although the golf day may be the highlight of his year at Frimstone Ltd, Matt says that he loves having the option in his role to change scenery from office work to jumping onto the loading shovel at site and helping the guys out to move loads where needed.
If he doesn’t win the lottery within the next five years to give him the option to move to Spain, Matt hopes to be working his way into the 30’s of his Frimstone Ltd career, and if given the option, would love to jump back into driving a lorry again!
Adam, Workshop Apprentice
Workshop Apprentice, Adam Duncan has been at Frimstone Ltd for just four months but has already jumped straight into working life with tasks that his role entails.
Fulfilling his ambition of working with big trucks, his current apprenticeship at local Mineral Extraction Company, Frimstone Ltd, enables him to do just this by mirroring the technicians on their day to day tasks. Adam’s apprenticeship course enables him to learn on the job, as well as gain classroom-based theory, which he is then able to put into practice in the Workshop.
Adam’s proudest moment so far in his role was learning to change A-frame bushes on a Volvo Tipper, and only four months in, he’s certain to have quite a few more proud moments when he learns more from the HGV Technicians on site!
In five years’ time, Adam would like to be a qualified fitter, and preferably have his own apprentice to make his morning coffee for him! He still has a little way to go however, as the Technicians in the Workshop still won’t let him forget about not the one, but two times that he accidentally left the oil drainer open, for it to spill all over him, and being completely covered in lorry oil!
Will, Workshop Manager
Frimstone Ltd’s Workshop Manager, Will Simper, has been with the Company for over 15 years. We caught up with him in the Crimplesham Workshop to find out more about his journey with the Company so far, and what motivates him in his role.
Will first joined the Company as an Apprentice from King’s Lynn College as a fresh-faced 16-year-old, and scooping Student of the Year 2005 during his course put him in good stead to lead the team several years later.
Like any average sixteen-year-old boy, the large trucks and machinery of the Frimstone fleet drew him to the role, as well as the prospect of having a varied work-load dependant on the fleet’s repair and maintenance requirements. Since beginning, Will insists that he doesn’t have an average day; with one day to the next never being the same.
The ever-expanding fleet means that Will has a constant flow of vehicle servicing, repairs and maintenance booked in. With the Workshop being situated at the Frimstone Head Office, Will is submerged within all aspects of the Company; and enjoys liaising with the Transport department daily, as well as every other department that passes by.
Will’s proudest moment of working at the Company was progressing into being promoted to Workshop Manager. After spending the majority of his working life within the Company, this was an aspiration of his, and one that he is grateful to have reached.
Looking back on his experiences, Will always remembers a humorous moment he shared with Matt the Operations Manager. On a site visit, Matt was convinced that a lost gauge was in fact not lost at all. Determined to prove the site wrong, he strolled off to find it, before accidentally disappearing up to his knees in a pile of sand!
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