Meet the Team – Alex Townsend

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How did your career in the lubricants industry begin?
I’m just at the start of it. I’ve worked in a wide range of industries throughout my career and I’ve always been more interested in gaining experience from the company I have been working for and what I can bring to them than the industry in which they happen to operate.

With ROCOL, I knew that the experience that I have had in the IT industry, and elsewhere, can help to push the company in the direction that it wants to go.

How long have you worked at ROCOL and what attracted you to the company?
I’ve been here for five months. The journey that ROCOL is on to be a high-performance business; the wish to be more diverse and inclusive; and the culture of change, made me want to join.

What are your favourite parts of your role?
I love that I get to work directly with managers and find out what I can change to improve the role that they are doing and help make them better managers. In my previous role, I missed that hands-on element to the role. Meeting regularly with the managers allows me to understand the challenges that they face and how I can help change things for the better.

I also love working with the team to develop a more diverse workforce.

How do you spend your time outside work?
Towards the end of 2021, I started Olympic weightlifting at the gym. I do that three to four times a week now and really enjoy it.

Other than that, I like to paint landscapes, enjoy pottering around in the garden and love cooking Italian food.

Share one fact that your colleagues wouldn’t know about you
I once had an interview to be an airline pilot.

At the time, I had just finished university and had started to work at M&S and was exploring future career options. British Airways was running a future pilot scheme, so I applied and got a fair way down the process before finding it wasn’t for me. There was just too much maths!

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