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8th July 2020

This month we're talking to Richard Bonnell our Production Manager about who his biggest influence is and the five guests he would invite to a dinner party.

How long have you worked at Sontay?

I have worked at Sontay since 2003 so it will be 17 years this year.

What is your job role?

Production Manager

What are the best/worst things about your job?

The best thing is working with a fantastic team of people, it sounds cheesy but we really are like a big family here.

The worst thing are the last minute rush jobs  right at the end of the day, thankfully it’s not something that happens often.

What attracted you to working in the building controls industry?

To be honest I came to Sontay from a role which was of a similar nature where I worked as a production operative & not specifically because it was in the building controls industry.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?

Don’t do it!!! I’m only kidding.

Listen to your customers, give it your all everyday and do your best to get it right first time.

Who has been the biggest influence in your career?

My friend and now ex manager Danny Hooper who gave me the opportunity, encouragement & support  I needed to take on a new role and  progress to the position that I’m in today.

What five guests would you invite to a dinner party?

John Wilson (the late TV angling celebrity), Winston Churchill, Mickey Flannigan, Stephen Fry & Angelina Jolie

What is your favourite book?

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain by George Mahood.

Who is your favourite musician?

I have a varied musical taste, a lot of which stems from growing up in the late 70’s & 80’s, Phil Collins, Queen & Pink Floyd are among my favourites.

What is your perfect holiday? Sun or Snow?  

Definitely Sun, you cannot beat lazing by the pool with the Sun on your face & an iced drink in your hand.