Meet the team: Spotlight on Brian

He’s happy-go-lucky. He laughs a lot. And don’t even get him started on musical theatre… the man can’t get enough of it. Meet Brian, the latest addition to the Italian Plumber team.

 

What do you do at IP?
I’m a plumbing and heating engineer.

I do mainly boiler repairs, plumbing systems – and changing related components such as air vents and the like. Oh, and issuing Gas Safety certificates, too.

 

Where are you from?
Oxfordshire, originally. I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth. I live in Croydon now.

 

Do you enjoy what you do?
Yes, I really do. Especially when things consistently go right.
I suppose it’s just making people happy. There’s nothing nicer than when you’ve fixed someone’s heating, and you see the joy on their face, and knowing that they’ll be nice and warm.

 

Have you always been a plumber?
No. From ages 16 – 26, I was a tool maker. I made the jigs that hold cars together on the production line.
At 26, I met my wife on a lads’ weekend, and then went into engineering. But after five redundancies in 5 years, I’d had enough, and took some private courses in plumbing – they cost a fortune.

I got my Level 1 + 2 gas qualifications, amongst others. I’ve never looked back. It was a great decision.

 

What are your outside interests?
Rugby league. I absolutely love it. I support Leeds Rhinos in Rugby lead, and Leeds United in football. I go to quite a few matches, but I don’t play anymore. The old knees have given up on me.

I also like my musical theatre. I’ve seen most of what Andrew Lloyd Webber has produced.
I’ve also seen We Will Rock You, and Bat Out of Hell.

Another passion is wine – red, to be specific.
I took a WSET2 course which really helps you to appreciate what you are drinking.

 

My word, you are a busy boy!
If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
Probably Mauritius. It’s where me and the wife went for our honeymoon. I’d love to go back. I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to visiting Australia either – got some lovely wines there.

 

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?
What do you think?

 

Give up work and drink wine…
What is the worst part of your job?
Sometimes the getting up early can be a bit annoying – especially in the colder months.
Otherwise, just like any job, it’s when things go wrong that it can be a pain. But generally, things go very smoothly – the Italian Plumber run a very slick operation.

 

If you were not a plumber, what would you be doing?
I’d be a wine connoisseur.

 

Brian, it’s been such a pleasure talking to you.
You’re a very jolly, upbeat kind of guy. Thank you so much for your time.
Thank you! It’s been my pleasure, too.

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