Getting to know Andy Summers – Production Controller at Midland Lead
Somewhat of a Midland Lead veteran, 20 years ago Andy Summers left his role as a block paving specialist and made the move into the lead industry. Today, having climbed the ranks over the years, he is in charge of production planning.
Responsible for heading up important aspects of operations planning and reporting across Midland Lead’s production line, Andy is a vital part of our dynamic team and a great example of the business’ ethos towards internal promotion.
With two decades now served at the company, we thought now was a great time to delve into his role with the firm and uncover a little more about his life outside of work…
What was it about your first role at Midland Lead that appealed to you?
“I joined the company 20 years ago in the cutting department on the production line. Joining Midland Lead appealed to me as they’re a local firm with a great reputation. At the time I knew a few people who worked for them and they gave me good reports. I also liked that the firm had been going for a long time, so was really well-established.”
What does your current role involve?
“Joining the company as a labourer, I’ve progressed over the years to today being a Production Controller. The role sees that I ensure orders go out on time and organise logistics, as well as managing a small operations team.”
What’s the best thing about working for Midland Lead?
“As well as the great people in the team I work in, I really enjoy the organisation side of the role. It’s also great to be able to work for a local, family-run company. In ten years, I’d like to see myself still with the company, celebrating 30 years at the business!”
How would your colleagues describe you?
“Reliable, able to handle stress well, composed and organised.”
What do you like doing out of work?
“I really enjoy playing football. I play centre half for our local team Woodville Rangers F.C., which sees us play in the Burton & District Sunday League.”
What couldn’t you live without?
“I would have to say my family. I have a boy and girl, aged 12 and 21, and I love spending time with them and the rest of the family.”
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
“Somewhere warm and tranquil would be ideal, so that I could just relax.”
What does a perfect day look like to you?
“An outing with the family somewhere is my idea of a perfect day. We recently all went to Center Parcs and it was great to just relax and take our Labrador out on long walks in the woodland.”
If you won £1m, what would you do with it?
“Again, I’d travel somewhere warm and tranquil – but for much, much longer!”