Person Behind the Face - David Melville
How I got into this industry…Pure luck. A row with my girlfriend at the time, fed up with me moaning about my lot, threw the London Evening Standard at me and said: ‘do something about it’. So I did, and got a job with Henry Browne & Son Ltd, makers of Sestrel magnetic compasses in Barking.
Best Advice I’ve ever received…Never stop learning – and KBO.
You should really read...Making History by Stephen Fry. The tiny changes or ‘what ifs’ in history, real or imagined, that can re-shape your world, told with typical wit and tongue in cheek by the master wordsmith
One thing this industry needs less of…Indifference. We are in the business of helping people realise their dreams, so concentrate.
Most hated buzzword or workplace expression…But…
Best place I’ve been…Many from the Red Sea to Hong Kong to Canada. Driving on the old Route 66 through the desert and finding original 1930s, 40s and 50s gas stations and abandoned cars. An absolute blast.
Don’t worry about…The Brexit process. One day it will all make sense… er…
Favourite meal…Easy. A simple bowl of Moules Mariniere from the Etang de Thau, some good bread and a glass of chilled Picpoul de Pinet from the same area of the Languedoc. Shared with friends and family. A perfect mix.
How I cope with stress…Laughter. It really is the best medicine. That and walking the dog.
Something about you that people might be surprised by…I am a discerning porcelainist, particularly teapots. I’ve no idea why but it’s been ongoing most of my life.
David Melville is sales manager, specialist applications at Fischer Panda UK
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