Working at Novus - Andy Coulson

  15 MAY, 2018      COMPANY UPDATES
Working at Novus - Andy Coulson

Andy Coulson, Site Supervisor from our York Office is our third colleague to explain why he enjoys being part of the Novus team.
 
What is the greatest thing about working in Novus? 

The wide range of work types that we deliver, which add variety to my role and promote the development of new skills.
 
What has been your greatest achievement?   

My greatest achievement to date has been passing the benefit of my knowledge and experience to new colleagues.
 
What is your most memorable story?

Finding out my daughter, Gemma who works as a Painter and Decorator at Novus was chosen for Challenge Africa, where a team from Novus went to Cape Town in South Africa to help improve the facilities of a local school.
 
What are you looking forward to in the future? 

To continue to work as a team member within Novus and making a contribution.
 

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