25 October, 2016

Getting to know... Andrew

Everyone that works at M&S is an individual. That’s why we hired them. We spotted something in them that made us say yes to them. Behind every person in every role is a personality. Meet Andrew.

1.    Tell us about your biggest ambition

Top of my bucket list is to earn my light aircraft pilots’ license and to fly myself to my holiday destination. From a young age I wanted to fly a plane, even though I was scared of heights. The airport experience of waiting around and all that queueing has made me even more determined to achieve it.

2.    Who inspires you and why?

My wife and her unmatchable level of determination and passion for progress which she applies in both her professional and personal lives. This inspires me to achieve more in mine. 

3.    What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A commercial airline pilot. When I was young, I wanted to travel the world as my parents travelled the world on the QE2. I wanted to drive something big. 

4.    What do you see as your major strength?  

Determination. I might be decidedly average in some areas but having determination has enabled me to overcome my shortcomings and rise to some really tough challenges. It hasn’t been an easy journey at times to get this point in my career. I would not be where I am today without sheer determination.

5.    What is your proudest moment?

I’ve done a lot I can be proud of since starting work at 16. But my stand-out proudest moment was being accepted on to the M&S Graduate Programme. I’d been working towards this moment for the previous four years. So when the call came to tell me I’d been successful I was over the moon.

6.    What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given? 

Do the basics really well. I learnt this as a rugby-playing teenager. My team was terrible. We lost nearly all our games. But when we got a new coach, he took us back to basics. He taught us how to pass, catch, tackle and communicate with one another. In two seasons, we went from wooden-spoon losers to too-cool-for-skool winners. I apply this approach to what I do at work. When I begin a project, I start by identifying the core components. Getting these right creates the firm foundations on which to build.

7.    Tell us something unexpected about you. 

I think my colleagues were surprised when I told them I was a husband. (I got married to my wife, Emily, and hadn’t told anyone).

8.    What makes you tick?

The future. Thinking about what it holds and all the possibilities. Having a vision of what my future looks like and working hard to achieve my goals will drive me no matter what challenges I encounter.  

9.    Which M&S value – Innovative, Inspiration, In Touch, Integrity – do you most identify with and why?
Integrity. I always strive to do the right thing and never do anything to gain an advantage at someone else’s expense. How I achieve something matters to me as much as what I achieve. 

10.    What motto do you live your life by?

Keep it simple. Life is complicated enough. 

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