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18 June 2012

Our Hidden Hero - the Life of Brian

When Brian Ross did a psychometric test, the results said he loved a challenge.


When Brian Ross did a psychometric test, the results said he loved a challenge. Fellow employees at our Fleming Howeden site at Newbridge in Edinburgh would no doubt agree, after witnessing the stock and environment manager’s superb achievements in making the Hovis site a beacon of environmental best practice.

The Grocer has noticed it too. The trade bible made 67-year-old Brian their ‘Hidden Hero’ in the factory worker category this June for helping reduce the site’s waste-to-landfill from 92% to 8% in only eighteen months. His terrific example has proved infectious, with shop floor employees, senior managers and contractors all buying into Brian’s vision and ideas for increasing the amount of waste recycled.

True to form, the Hearts supporter has been modest about his accomplishments and the nomination. “I’m really chuffed to have been recognised but can’t claim all the credit,” said Brian. “The team here have been terrific and really got behind the environmental work we’ve been doing. The key to success was involving people from the start and giving them the opportunity to take ownership and pride in what they do. To me, they’re the real heroes.”

Derek Young, the Newbridge site manager, explained what makes his longest-server tick: “Brian has a youthful approach to his work and is always willing to roll up his sleeves and collaborate with his fellow team mates to make things better. He has never lost his enthusiasm and passion and always strives to do the job correctly and diligently.” Despite clocking up over half a century of service, Brian shows no signs of slowing down and is busy setting his sights on the next target: zero waste-to-landfill.“I love my job and what we produce here,” added Brian. “That’s what has kept me going, through good times and bad.”



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