Joining Southdowns has been a long-term project for Robbie, who started with the company in February 2017 but has had an eye on the job since the company moved to Portsmouth in 2007.
Q Tell us about your career prior to joining Southdowns A I’ve been working as a coachbuilder since I left school and started my apprenticeship with Wadham Stringer in Waterlooville in 1984. I've worked with lots of local companies including Quality Conversions and I've converted all kinds of vehicles from horseboxes right through to casino busses for parties!
Q What made you want to work for Southdowns?
A Because of my background I've been aware of the company for a while and have wanted to work here for a few years. I've had a Swift myself, so I’m interested in motorhomes and working onothem as a technician really appealed to me.
Q What does your job involve day-to-day?
A On a day-to-day basis I work on both the older and the new motorhomes - whatever comes in. I do a bit of everything but the only thing I don’t work on is gas systems because you have to be certified to do that. Once I’ve done my training, I can add that to the list. Even though I’ve got lots of experience, I’m still learning and the one thing that I have picked up since I’ve been here is how to get the most done in a day by understanding the best order to do things in.
Q What are your initial impressions of the company?
A.I really like the company, it’s ideal for me – and the people are fantastic. I've picked up a lot from the other technicians who are really helpful and I’m enjoying coming to work.
Q Do you have a personal interest in motorhomes?
A Yes, I've had my own motorhome and I really appreciate the quality of the vans we sell – I just don’t like the price!
Q If you could take a motorhome anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A I’d love to go to Italy. The scenery is beautiful and I love the architecture and the sports cars.
Robbie lives in Southampton with his girlfriend Tricia.