As Senior Buyer, Tim Jones’ responsibilities are to ensure that our care homes receive equipment fit for purpose. He attends a number of trade shows and exhibitions to keep abreast of new products and developments in the healthcare industry. He also maintains a nucleus of loyal and very supportive suppliers who understand the needs of our business.
Here we catch up with Tim to find out a little more about him.
Career history: After a course in business studies,
I joined a well known High Street chain store, cutting my teeth on the shop floor, beginning in the warehouse, filling shelves and even apprehending shoplifters!
After a spell in store management I was moved to head office and began my career in buying.
I ran my own business in Bournemouth for many years before joining Colten nearly 12 years ago.
Interests: Off-road cycling and tending my small vegetable plot.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: Mr Pilcher, my next-door neighbour. He would take me fishing during the school holidays, we would spend hours on the banks of the Thames.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: Going to watch the British Lions v All Blacks play rugby in New Zealand.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: When my youngest daughter calls me ‘Daddy’; I know it is going to cost me!
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: It would have been great to spend time with Nelson Mandela. I have visited Robben Island where he was imprisoned for so long and yet he bore no grudges against those who detained him.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: My wife. She raised three children and worked even when they were very young and has put up with me for 33 years.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: Ford Mondeo.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: People who say they will ring me back and don’t.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: BBQ on a summer evening.
Q: Cats or dogs?
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Make two cups of tea.
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Trainspotting with my grandfather.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: Six Nations Rugby.
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: Having an urgent request from our homes for a piece of kit and being able to satisfy their demand.
Q: …And what is the worst?
A: : Not having the kit to satisfy their demand.
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: My mountain bike.
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
A: DIY. If I lift a screwdriver up my wife dials 999.
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Being at the 2012 London Olympics on Super Saturday, watching Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford winning gold medals.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: Airline pilot.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?