Meet one of our longest standing staff members, David Eccles, our Sourcing Manager here at Christy in this weeks meet the team.
What is your background?
A long time ago I studied textiles at college which gave me a good grounding in all things textile and particularly manufacturing.
One of my early jobs at Christy was one of the team of production managers in the mill. Which means of course that when I’m dealing with supply factories, they can’t pull the wool (err or the towel) over my eyes!
What is your role at Christy?
I am the sourcing manager.
Describe a typical day in your shoes?
Like everyone, I start by sifting through all the emails. Most of my contacts are 4-5 hours ahead so my inbox is already pretty full when I log on. It’s all product details, prices, despatch dates, delivery plans etc etc, not in any way exciting. But I do get a bit of foreign travel occasionally which livens things up. I am also in contact with some of our customers too, often I’m called upon to discuss supply, products, quality etc. A particular recent highlight was travelling to Dubai for a sales meetings with a customer
What’s the best thing about working at Christy?
I’m sure everyone will say the people, but it’s true. The office camaraderie makes it a pleasure to come to work
What is your biggest achievement so far?
After all this time, it’s not easy to pick a biggest, I suppose spending 43 working years and never ever being unemployed could have some merit.
What is your favourite Christy product and why?
I’ve always like the Renaissance towel. I was instrumental in its creation nearly 30 years ago and it’s still going strong.
What is your favourite quote/book/podcast?
My best recent holiday reads were:
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared By Jonas Jonasson. Truly a worldwide adventure
And my best recent non-fiction was the life story of Lord Lonsdale, known as the Yellow Earl. Hugh Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale. A real life adventurer who led a truly remarkable life.
What is your hidden talent?
None whatsoever, If I had any talent there’s no way I’d be keeping it hidden
When you are not at Christy, what is your favourite thing to do?
My wife and I are big music fans, we have been to may festivals and gigs over the years. We are really looking fwd to going to our next gig after lockdown is over.
Our current faves are local North West bands Cabbage, Blinders, John Bramwell, She Drew The Gun. Check them out, they are great.
I am also a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers but at the moment that’s nothing to shout about, although a football highlight was being at the Allianz Arena to watch BWFC get a draw against Bayern Munich.
Who inspires you?
We should all be inspired the work done by the NHS, national heroes all of them, including my wife of course.
If you were stranded on a desert island what would be your 3 luxury items?
I suppose while we are in lockdown, it’s a bit like being stranded on an Island!
- Hummus – Not necessarily luxury of course, but I love it
- A big thick blanket for those cold nights (A Jaipur Throw will do it)
- And my mobile phone – so I can call a helicopter to come and get me
What’s your favourite desk snack/drink?
Oh no it’s a slippery slope all those treats, especially when there are lots of birthdays in the office. When we all get back in, the office table might be piled up with treats from all of those who have had birthdays during lockdown.
Are you a morning person or night owl?
Night owl probably, but that does make it tricky when my alarm goes off at 5.45am to get the 6.45am train to work.