I joined in July 2019, so almost 3 years. At the time, I was in the process of leaving my previous employer, and I got a call out of the blue from a recruiter, who said, “Have you heard about Aquascot?”, to which I responded, “No, I've never heard of them”. I then tried to find a little bit of information online, which was not easy – I found a website that looked to be about 3 or 4 years out of date (website now updated!), but I decided to give it a shot anyways.
At my first interview, I met Niall Macdonald, who was the Managing Director at the time, and I was really impressed by him as an individual. We just got chatting about what the role would involve, how I could contribute, and he explained to me the dedicated partnership with Waitrose. Almost by accident at the end of the meeting, he mentioned the employee ownership status – and that really got my interest.
I thought a lot about that, and I did a lot of research between my first and my second interviews. In the second interview, I got the opportunity to meet the Board, and I also met with the Finance team and a few other members of the Leadership Team.
In summary, there was a couple things that really impressed me. One, it was a very thorough interview process, where I got to meet everyone that I would be working with, which is pretty rare in my experience. I even got a good tour of the Production site, to see what was actually happening on the Production floor.
Second, employee ownership really resonated with me. Over the years, I have worked for businesses where the management team don’t always put their employees front and centre of their decision making and in turn this means the decisions are not always made in the best interests of the employees or Partners. Whereas at Aquascot, our Partners are our shareholders, so with every decision we take we are always trying to do the right things for them and work in their best interest.