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.
Q: How long have you worked at Sontay?
A: I have worked at Sontay since 2003 so it will be 17 years this year.
Q:What is your job role?
A: Production Manager
Q: What are the best/worst things about your job?
A: 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.
Q: What attracted you to working in the building controls industry?
A: 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.
Q: What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
A: 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.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your career?
A: 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.
Q: What five guests would you invite to a dinner party?
A: John Wilson (the late TV angling celebrity), Winston Churchill, Mickey Flannigan, Stephen Fry & Angelina Jolie
Q: What is your favourite book?
A: Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain by George Mahood.
Q: Who is your favourite musician?
A: 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.
Q: What is your perfect holiday? Sun or Snow?
A: Definitely Sun, you cannot beat lazing by the pool with the Sun on your face & an iced drink in your hand.