Working at Novus - Neil Hand

  30 MAY, 2018      COMPANY UPDATES
Working at Novus - Neil Hand

Like many of our long-standing employees, our CEO Neil Hand chose to invest his career in Novus. Below Neil discusses the reasons behind his long service and his favourite aspects of Novus.
 
What is the greatest thing about working in Novus?

The ambition, commitment and drive of people to make a difference and ‘Get it Right’.
 
What has been your greatest achievement?

Seeing my apprenticeship out. I was not the best apprentice, I didn’t like getting dirty!
 
What has been your most challenging moment?

I cannot say that one moment sticks out, I have had many challenging situations through my career to date.  I always try to deal with challenges head on and see them as an opportunity to learn, develop and change for the good.
 
What is your most memorable story?

I was about 17 or 18 and an apprentice travelling in the back of a transit van to Telford every day, the journey took about an hour.  In those days vans had 2 fixed front seats and bench seats made from wooden planks either side in the back.

This particular day the foreman (Jack) had picked up a piece of plate glass, laid it on the floor of the van, and covered it with a dust sheet.  It was about 6 ft x 4ft so took up the whole floor. As we got into the back of the van Jack told us that the glass was on the floor and to be careful not to stand on it.  As usual, I lay down on the bench seat and slept on the journey to work and as usual when we arrived on-site Jack would bang on the inside of the van to wake us up.
 
I had been out late the night before and took a little while to wake up, as I sat up everyone else was out of the van and as I stood up there was a loud crack and the glass shattered, it was then that I remembered that the glass was on the floor.  I had to go and tell Jack that I had broken the glass, he gave me the most almighty telling off which sticks with me to this day.
 
What are you looking forward to in the future?

Leading Novus through this phase of development and transformation.  Also trying to play a little more golf and visit a few more places.

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