Get to Know the People at DBD – Gin Williams

Gin WilliamsThis month we are talking to Gin Williams.

How long have you been at DBD?
Started in July of 2012 – so 4 ½ years ago! I was offered a job on Tuesday and started the following week. If fact they asked me if I wanted to go to company BBQ on the Friday, so before I’d even started I’d been to a company event!

What department do you work in?
Transport, I am the Transport Manager. 

What does your job role involve?
Making sure we have enough transport resources to get the work done! I keep our insurances, tax, MOT’s all up to date for our fleet to fulfil all our legal obligations and ensure we have safe vehicles and drivers which includes along with line managing the team.  Our trucks are serviced every 8 weeks and the tail lifts are serviced every 6 months, our drivers have eye tests every 6 months and a driving assessment every 5 years so that need all needs to be scheduled. We have 9 loaders and 6 drivers. There are 43 vehicles in the fleet: 2 x 12 tonne trucks, 1 x 10.5 tonne truck, 2 x 7.5tonne trucks, plus 1 on long term hire, 5 box vans, 26 vans, 1 mini bus, 4 small vans and a car.

What skills has your role taught you?
To plan my time as there is so much to do. Each week, month and year things need to be planned and managed so organisation is the key. Initially at DBD I worked as a planner and so I brought this experience with me when I started as Transport manager.

How does DBD compare to past jobs you’ve had?
I’ve been in transport since I left school – I was driving a HGV when I was 21, travelled all over including Germany and Spain. My Uncle was a driver too. The other haulage and transport companies I have worked for are a lot rougher around the edges, that’s the industry. Here people are nicer, polite and helpful. You feel like you matter here at DBD. You are expected to do your best but no more, there’s not the extreme pressure that you get in some places.

How do you feel about your team?
There’s 17 in my team and we’re quite diverse. My team are hardworking and they want to do a good job. They’ve learnt to work better as a team and the drivers and loaders understand there’s an overlap with what they do which helps everyone to pull together. Having a background in transport, even working from agency really helps me to be able to relate to all in the team. Gabby is also a great help, she knows the role well to, so she is a great support.

What helps to motivate you every day?
I’m always switched on and I can’t imagine not being motivated. I want to do a good job and the best I can.

What aspirations do you have for you career at DBD?
From starting out as a lorry driver to now being a Transport manager I’m quite content. I think I’ve found my niche and I’m quite happy there.

Do you have any pets? No but I have metal ones – a goat, sheep, cow and scarecrow
Secret to a happy relationship? Laughter and wine
Do you have any hobbies? Reading – at the moment I’m reading a Jack Reacher book
Gin Parachute JumpTell us one fact we wouldn’t know about you? I’ve done a parachute jump
Do you have any party tricks? I can drive a truck
Your favourite comedian? Sandi Toksvig
Biggest bug bear? Having to chase people
What would be your favourite comfort meal? Creamy chicken pasta
How would your friend describe you in 3 words? Loud, loyal and laughing
What would be your ideal weekend? Barcelona with family
If you could go on any games show what would it be? The Golden Shot
Who was or is the most influential person in your life? My Father – he taught me to drive and told me “you can be whatever you want to be if you’re determined” and “you’re as good as anyone else”. Now its my husband!
What’s one piece of advice you would give others about life? Live it to the full
If you could spurge on one item what would it be? A car – Audi TT or maybe a Bugatti Veyron
What’s your favourite family tradition? Just getting everyone together
Most important quality in someone? Honesty
Favourite film? I have several – Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked, Made In Dagenham and anything with Jason Statham in it!

Next month will be talking to Victoria Yogendra.