Drains Aid - Employee - Simon Bull

This week we would like to introduce you to an integral part of the DrainsAid team, Simon Bull.

Simon, what is your role at DrainsAid? 

I am the Reline Operations Manager, where I am in charge of around ten teams of trained operatives installing all aspects of C.I.P.P lining all over Yorkshire & the UK.

When did you start working at DrainsAid?

I started back in May 2011.

What did you do before DrainsAid?

Before DrainsAid I worked for another drainage company as their Operations Manager. In total I have over 20 years’ experience in the field.

Tell us about a typical day in your job as Operations Manager?

A typical day usually starts by ensuring all teams are out of the yard in a reasonable timescale with an up to date job pack. I then run through my emails, and we often have meetings to discuss upcoming jobs so I attend those.

As a senior manager I undertake a number of audits throughout the week, which means I am often out of the office, providing me with time to get to the bottom of any practical issues. Along with this, I deal with suppliers and employees on a daily basis.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The hustle and bustle of the job, it’s certainly never boring! I really enjoy being able to use my industry knowledge to overcome problems.

What would you say has been your greatest achievement?

Workwise, my greatest achievement is planning a 515 m x 450 mm upstream liner along the banks of the river Tweed in Peebles Scotland.

What is the most interesting/difficult job you have worked on at DrainsAid?

There have been many interesting jobs that I have encountered whilst working at DrainsAid mainly coming from the pollution work stream.

The one that sticks in my mind, however, was the first hot cure installation we did with the large boiler at Rivendale Road in Sheffield.

What do you like to do with your spare time?

I help my wife with two horses which she competes at dressage (in other words I am Chief Groom!)