GET TO KNOW: Kelvin Grimes, project manager, Closomat

How long have you worked for your current employer and how did you get into the industry?
Seven years. I originally trained as a plumber and was approached by, at that time, the biggest disability equipment supplier, Chiltern Invadex to be one of their technical sales advisors.

What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
Knowing that once a project has been completed, many families can benefit from the toilet room that we have helped provide.

What’s the hardest part of your job?
The travelling. As the only specific project manager for Closomat I have to cover the whole of the UK and Ireland.

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What’s your biggest achievement in the industry to date?
One of my biggest achievements to date in the industry is working closely with a specific family to provide a full Changing Places disabled toilet facility at a local visitor farm that had very limited room and no money. In the end, I helped them to convert an old yet still viable shipping container into a fully-equipped Changing Places facility.

Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Apple. It’s their unique ability to speak to me via their brand and make me spend the money I do, which no other brand has managed to do before.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always look after yourself as you can’t always rely on others to do so.

Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
I have six toes on my foot.

If you could invite any four people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would they be?
Barry Sheene, James Hunt, David Attenborough and David Jason.

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