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Rick Capey – Operations Manager

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Welcome to the latest instalment of our “Meet the Team” series, where we highlight our exceptional employees. This week we feature our Operations Manager, Rick Capey! Rick shares his career journey leading up to his time at John Hogg, along with his passion for Manchester City, Oasis, and a classic fish and chips.

 

 

Tell us a bit about your Job role?

I’ve got two roles at John Hogg:

The first is operations manager; ensuring all operational processes run to plan with minimal interruptions with the production, engineering and SHE teams.

The second is leading the core business unit; delivering the plan and objectives to meet the company strategy.

How long have you been a part of the John Hogg team?

I’ve been at John Hogg since February 2015, over 9 years now!

What was your first job, and did you enjoy it?

After doing a paper round in my early teenage years, my first job was at the age of 16 working part time at Tesco. From there I moved to work at an off-licence before I went to University. There were a lot of characters, so from a life experience point of view it was quite eye opening.

Did you attend University? If so, what did you study?

I did, I went to the University of Sheffield in the early 90’s to study Chemistry, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I’ve always been into sport, participating in football, cricket, and rugby from a young age. But more recently I have got into walking and cycling.

I enjoy eating, drinking out and socialising with friends and family. I’ve become a bit of a craft ale geek and my favourite beer and bar would be Brewdog, which can be a bit controversial.

Do you have a favourite sports team?

It has to be Manchester City, and I spend a significant amount of time either watching them on TV or at the Etihad Stadium. I try to get to as many games as I can, which involves most of Champions League games and maybe 1/3 of the Premier league games. I’m hoping that I can get a season ticket when they extend the stadium next year.

Do you have an accomplishment that you are proud of?

I think most parents say their kids are their biggest accomplishment and I’m no different. It’s a challenging adventure raising children, but the reward in watching them grow up into adults is worth it.

Tell me something about you that most people wouldn’t know

People might not know that I have a twin sister. The responses I get are interesting and commonly include “Are you identical?”…

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be and why?

One place I really would like to visit is Canada. The geography and wildlife are amazing, it’s like the Alps on steroids… We visited the Norwegian Fjords last year and the scenery was spectacular.

Which book or a movie has left a lasting impact on you and why?

When I was younger I loved Pulp Fiction. I enjoy Tarantino films, and Pulp Fiction is one of the few films that I have watched many times because of the various sub-plots and stories throughout the film.

One book I would recommend to people is “I am Pilgram” which is a fictional book about spies written by Terry Hayes. It’s one of the few long books that I managed to read quickly, mainly because I’m quite a slow reader and easily distracted.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Like most people, I love to eat a variety of different foods, but my all-time favourite would be fish and chips. This is a nostalgic choice as it was the only take-away we enjoyed and I’ve fond memories of eating it out of the newspaper wrapping on holiday in North Wales. Yes, I’m that old!
A very close runner up would be middle eastern food!

Your GOAT music artist?

Manchester music generally had a lot of influence on me. Oasis was one of the biggest influences, along with the Stone Roses. One of my first ever concerts was the Stone Roses at Spike Island on a beautiful sunny day.

What is your greatest fear?

I don’t really suffer with fears, but if I had to pick one, it would be heights… I never used to fear heights, but the older I’ve got, the more afraid I get. I used to love visits to Alton Towers, but I’m not sure I would be brave enough for the big rides these days.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

Tricky one… I would have to pick a couple of people to make it interesting.

The first would be Ian Botham. He was a big character from the 80s with a wicked sense of humour and I think he would be fascinating to talk to. The second would be Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. I read his recent autobiography and he’s an absolutely fascinating bloke.

If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Loyal, Sociable, Practical

What’s the best thing about your job?

I really enjoy working at John Hogg due to the culture and the people I work with! The roles I’ve had at John Hogg during the 9 years I’ve been here have allowed me to interact with most departments across the business getting involved in a broad range of activities.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to new team members to succeed within our company culture?

Get involved as much as you can and ask questions. The culture is very supportive helping new starters settle in quickly.

Finally; In your opinion, what sets John Hogg apart as an employer?

I’ve previously worked in bigger organisations, so I really enjoy being involved in more diverse work at John Hogg. Employee development is actively supported to help individuals reach their potential and make a difference within the business.

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