Meet the team: Spotlight on Matt

About Matt

From a career blowing things up, to a new career making sure things don’t blow up… you couldn’t find a safer pair of hands to take care of your plumbing. Let’s meet The Italian Plumber’s new kid on the block, Matt.

 

Hello Matt, great to meet you. What do you do at the Italian Plumber?
Great to meet you, too. I work as a plumber and as a trainee gas engineer.

 

Where are you from?
London. I live in Chiswick

 

Why did you want to become a plumber?
I had spent many years in the Royal Engineers, training in explosives and mechanics.
It was a fantastic hands-on career, but after so many years in the army I wanted to do something different.

For a time, I became an insurance broker, but felt more and more compelled to do something with my practical skills and find a job that could give me more freedom. Plus, I was just generally becoming tired of ‘city’ life.

Plumbing seemed like quite a good career choice: there’s always a need for such a service, there’s generally quite a bit of freedom, and if you work hard, the money can be pretty good.

 

How long ago did you leave the army?
Over 10 years ago.

 

How long have you been working for Samuele?
I’ve only been working for Samuele for around six months, but I’ve been a fully qualified plumber for 6 years.

 

Do you get on well with Samuele?
Yes, I really do. I can honestly say that he’s a really amazing boss.
He’s someone who genuinely cares about the people around him… his customers, staff, family, friends…

I’ve had a few bad bosses in my time, so finding Samuele has been a real breath of fresh air.

 

What makes you good at your job?
The army very much instilled things like discipline and good timekeeping in me, so that’s very helpful.

I also seem to get on very well with people… at least most of the time anyway. You have to be a bit of a diplomat from time to time.

And naturally, being good with my hands and understanding mechanics and engineering helped a lot in just learning the trade. I think it made it easier.

 

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had to attend?
I was called to a branch of a well-known chain of sushi restaurants.
My job was to unblock their Saniflo pump – basically it’s toilet stuff, so it’s never the nicest of jobs.

The downpipe was 20-feet beneath ground, so when I removed it, I had what felt like a tonne of human waste cover me in a matter of seconds. It was hell on earth.

 

My word, that sounds awful. Did you get a bonus?
No. I just got laughed at.

 

Terrible. I was going to ask you what your most memorable job was, but I can’t imagine anything being more memorable than that.
You’re not wrong.

 

Have you served any famous people?
Yes, I have. I’d love to tell you about some of them, but there’s also a lot of discretion in my job.
I can’t spill any gossip I’m afraid.

 

Are most of your friends in the trade, or have similar hands-on types of jobs?
There are no actual plumbers, but there a quite a few property developers and contractors.
A few are still in the army.

 

Outside of work, what is your passion?
My number one passion is my family. But I love sport… especially cricket, football and rugby.

 

Are you in any teams?
Yes. I’m in a cricket team called the Bush Rangers.
I’m a batsman and wicket keeper.

 

Do you have any pets?
No, but I do have a 2-year-old son.

 

Does he have any special talents?
Not really, but he is potty trained.
However, my 10-year-old daughter is a good football player.

 

Matt, I’ve really enjoyed learning about your life today. Thanks for your time, and good luck with all the sports.
You’re very welcome. I’ve enjoyed it, too.

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