ValetterAt Southdowns we take a pride in making sure our motorhomes are always gleaming and ready to view. Valetter Chris is part of the team that makes sure customers always get a great first impression
Q How did you find yourself working for Southdowns?
A Having worked on for British Airways for more than 40 years, I took early retirement. After a year my wife decided I needed another job!
Q What does your job involve?
A I work five days a week from 8.00-12.00, although those hours are quite flexibile and Iím responsible for keeping all the motorhomes outside the showroom clean. I only do exteriors and, a bit like the fourth bridge, once Iíve got round all of the vehicles I just start all over again. I also help prepare vehicles for sale so they are up to standard in terms of cleanliness because some motorhomes that are taken in part exchange have been unused for a while and need some serious attention. We do the odd rush job if a customer is coming in to view a particular vehicle but generally I work towards quality not quantity.
Q What is the best thing about working for the company
A Having spent many years as a manager with BA, itís a nice job because I can go home without taking my work with me. Like anything it has its stressful times but generally itís very flexible and I can work at my own pace. Itís harder in the winter because you are out in all weathers but I work with a good team, everyone is friendly and willing to help if you need it. Because Iím working on the forecourt, I have to be able to talk to the customers which makes the job more interesting.
Q If you could take a motorhome anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A Iíve got a motorhome of my own - a Bessacar that I bought from Southdowns and Iíve had caravans and a previous motorhome some years ago. If I could go anywhere in the world, Iíd swop mine for a massive Winnebago and take the whole family round the USA on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to California, Florida and Las Vegas.
Q Whatís your personal philosophy?
A Never be rude to anyone whether you like them or not.
Chris lives in Hayling Island with his wife Margaret and a menagarie of small animals that entertain his three grandsons Hayden, Connor and Bradley. Having driven 960 miles each week to Heathrow and back for most of his working life, Chris is delighted to live so close to work.