Stanley Handling’s Alistair Munro gives a rundown on the challenges and rewards of working for a mobility specialist and what he gets up to when he’s not helping to drive the firm’s products forward.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
Managing clients’ delivery expectations during the busier periods Stanley has. During the summer, we see an increase in the rental of mobility stairclimbers due to weddings and special occasions. Although we have the machines to meet the demand, sometimes customers give us very little notice to get them to the party on time!
Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
I admire what Evac-Chair has accomplished in the industry already. They are one of the biggest companies to hit the ground running with manual evacuation chairs and they are still going strong. It’s fascinating to see how their marketing works too, as we tend to see them at the big mobility shows.
How long have you worked for your current employer and how did you get into the industry?
I have been working for Stanley for three years, but this year my big focus is on Stanley Mobility.
What’s your biggest achievement in the industry to date?
This year I presented a range of educational talks on the benefits of mobility stairclimbers and the cutting edge NuDrive Air. It was exciting and I really enjoyed speaking about the solutions Stanley offers to the mobility industry. I’ve been told we are booked to do some talks at Naidex, so make sure you keep an eye out for me if
What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
Delivering life-changing solutions. It’s incredible when you go to the mobility shows and hear the feedback. Naidex really stuck out for me this year, especially with the NuDrive Air.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Watching and playing sport. I love rugby and skiing. I do love a bit of gardening, too, especially as the UK has seen some good sun this year.
f you could invite any four people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would they be?
Mohammed Ali, Elvis and my two best mates George and Clive. I could just imagine the funny and interesting conversations.
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
There’s a video of me doing one of my talks. I think I should leave the jokes at home.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you bought?
Round the world holiday.
Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
I’ve flown a plane before! Diddy one but still a plane.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
You learn more from failures than you do successes.
Favourite food: Thai curry
Favourite drink: Malbec
Favourite holiday destination: Switzerland
Favourite band: The Beatles
Favourite film: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Favourite book: James Bond, Casino Royale
Favourite TV show: Strictly Come Dancing
Favourite shop: SuperDry
Favourite gadget: iPhone
Favourite thing you own: My home