60-second interview: George Ralph, MD, Marshall Fleet Solutions

Commercial Motor
February 14, 2017

My favourite holiday destination is…
The Algarve in Portugal for the weather, fish and seafood, golf courses and friendly people.

I drive a…
Mercedes-Benz E Class. It has a spacious boot for my golf clubs and Marshall Fleet Solutions did me a great deal.

My hobbies are…
Cooking - I have been on a couple of courses. Travel is another hobby and my wife and I love to visit new places. I also like golf, although I don’t play as much as I would like.

I got into the industry…
Through a mutual network. I met the finance director of Marshall of Cambridge who introduced me to Marshall Group CEO Robert Marshall. My background is in finance but I have worked in operations in a number of industries over the years.

To encourage more young people into the industry we should…
Develop apprenticeships. We do need more young people - especially as engineers - and we are looking at what we could do to set up a suitable apprenticeship scheme, although government support appears to be lacking.

The outlook for 2017 is…
Uncertain. All businesses like stability and following the Brexit vote, we are in for a reasonable period of uncertainty in the economy. However, I am excited and confident about what innovations we will be able to bring to our customers. On a personal note, the plan is to spend less time in the office and more time in the field, especially talking to customers. I would also like to spend more time with the family; my second granddaughter Aila was born on Christmas Day.


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