Employee Spotlight - Tom Southwell

Our ever-attentive employee Tom Southwell has been with Elmleigh since May 2019 and through this time has completed a Level 3 Business Administration course and is now busy studying for a CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

His continued professional development has been recently recognised through his taking up the role of Operations Coordinator with responsibilities for our Purchasing, Goods Received, Stock Control and Plant & Equipment Fleet. He’s a real asset to the company and as part of learning from our employee’s experience, we sat down together to ask some questions about her/his time at Elmleigh thus far as well as some fun questions at the end;

How have you enjoyed your time at Elmleigh?

I have really enjoyed my time at Elmleigh so far. I have met some great people.

What do you consider your biggest achievement at Elmleigh?

I would say my biggest achievement is completing my first Business course and starting my Level 4.

What new skills have you learnt on your journey so far?

I was previously a chef and had no knowledge or experience of the industry. So, I had joined Elmleigh and developed some knowledge of the industry and skills relating to my role such as:

Communication, leadership and organisation.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

My favourite thing is every day is different with new challenges to achieve.

How do you balance your career at Elmleigh and family/personal time?

I try to find a good balance between work and personal time. I am a season ticket holder at Aston Villa and enjoy going to all the home matches and some away matches when I can get the tickets.

How has Elmleigh helped you in your career development?

Elmleigh has given me the opportunity to start a new career, supporting me through all my apprenticeships and other training required.

What does a typical day for you look like?

As a Buyer, most days are filled with quick turnaround buying, speaking to suppliers and project managers to ensure all requirements are met.

If given the chance, who would you want to be for one day only?

Tyson Fury

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Never satisfied.

What three words best describe you?




Thank you Tom for your time and answers! We hope to spend much more time with you here at Elmleigh and help you to progress even further.

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