Our Facilities Management department provides a high standard of maintenance to our care homes. Team members not only maintain excellent facilities for the Colten community as a whole, but contribute to ensuring an enriching residents’ experience through fit-for-purpose, high-quality buildings and facilities. Here we catch up with Director of Facilities Steve Taylor to find out a little more about him.
Name: Steve Taylor
Job title and brief description of role: Director of Facilities. My role is extremely diverse in being responsible for providing operational leadership to the facilities team, developing a positive safety culture to Colten Care, selecting and managing service providers and not least leading with the development of a carbon reduction plan. The overall aim is to drive up the quality and efficiency of the Facilities Department in order to provide the very best support to our care homes.
Career history: Over the last 25 years I have provided Facilities Management services to a number of organisations. I have worked across many industries and sectors, including leisure and retail, financial institutions, higher education and, most recently, a pharmaceutical production plant.
Interests: I love travelling and experiencing different cultures and, when allowed…playing golf at the weekends and going to see live bands.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: It has to be the six-million-dollar man.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: Experiencing the Cuban culture. An incredible country that has many facets to it and misperceptions aplenty.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: Nothing really, but I avoid walking under ladders, breaking glass and looking at magpies!
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: Aside from a lift engineer an hour with David Attenborough would be amazing .
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: Probably my wife.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: A BMW.
Q: What makes you angry?
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: Fresh strawberries .
Q: Cats or dogs?
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Make my wife and myself a large coffee. ??
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: My first day at school…absolutely loved it!
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: I love the old classics, currently watching The Good Life and I really got into Breaking Bad!
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: Every day is different.
Q: …And what is the worst?
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: Fig rolls, although that may present a problem too!
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
A: Singing and playing the drums.
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Beating Phil Collins at pool!
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Fish pie.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: Professional golfer.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: I would love to be able to bring my grandad back to life. He was an incredible man and was a big influence on who I am today.