Every month we’ll be getting to know a different member of the Caps Cases team and looking ‘behind the box’ to see what really makes them tick.
Today we’re turning the spotlight on Tommy Allardyce, Operations Manager at Caps Cases Glasgow site.
Tommy joined the Caps team in January this year. He is responsible for the day-to-day operational delivery across the Glasgow site, including overseeing production, production planning, quality control, people management, health & safety and admin support.
• Have you always worked in the packaging industry?
Basically yes. At the outset of my career I started working for a family business, Hamilton’s Packaging, before it ended up being part of Mondi Packaging. I had various roles throughout my 19 years in the business including the role of Operations Director for the Scottish Plants. During the nine years prior to joining Caps Cases, I was the General Manager for the Scottish operation of an export packing company. We manufactured wooden cases and packed goods into them for safe export all over the world.
• What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the variety and the day-to-day challenges that it brings. I also feel a sense of achievement in making things better and the team spirit on site that goes with it.
• What’s a typical day in the office for you?
Organising production requirements for both shifts and ensuring all the team members have the tools to fulfil their roles in the business. I also deal with any issues that are barriers to effective production, with a key focus on producing quality cases.
• What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
If you believe in it, go for it.
• What’s been your most interesting experience while working in the packaging industry?
I learned early in my career that the millimetre is king! Otherwise the cases are a bit roomier than expected… don’t worry Trevor, I won’t make that mistake again! I’ve also sent some weird and wonderful things across the planet, things as small as a computer, to things as big as a house, a submarine to the Caribbean and a racing canoe to a desert.
• Tell us a bit about what you like to do outside of work?
I’m quite sporty, like keeping fit. My main hobby is running, half marathons and the occasional full marathon, and I’ve been a pace-maker for some local 10k events.
I’m a coach at Jog Scotland and get huge satisfaction helping people achieve their goals, and in many instances getting them to a level they never thought possible for themselves.
I also play golf (badly).
Aside from sport, my wife and I like our holidays – the world is a big place. I enjoy a nice red wine and the odd tasty Caribbean Rum.
• Any other interesting facts we should know about you?
An interesting unknown fact is that I’ve had dinner with Terry Waite, after his release from Beirut.
You can find out more about the Caps Cases team and what services we offer at www.capscases.co.uk/about-us/