Meet the Shred Station Team

The Shred Station family has grown massively since opening our doors in 2008, and we now have staff members across the entire United Kingdom in various offices and depots. For most of our customers, you may only ever meet our shredding operatives face-to-face. But there is a lot of work behind the scenes that has made our operations possible, and our office and field-based staff are always happy to help.

 

Image of Simon Franklin, Managing Director at Shred Station Limited

SIMON

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since formation!

What does your average day at work look like? Chaos

What do you enjoy most about your job? The ability to de-stress by destroying something!

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? The burger van opposite our office so I stop going to it!

What are three things on your bucket list? Swim with sharks, visit Antarctica, and to jump from a helicopter

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Approachable

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Our carbon neutral status and an extensive list of accreditations

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I can knit!

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Wilson, Estrella and sun cream.


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ROSS – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 2 years and counting

What does your average day at work look like? Numbers, numbers, the odd few letters

What do you enjoy most about your job? Analysing the numbers and data, and trying to predict the future

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Receiving cold calls

What are three things on your bucket list? Climb Kilimanjaro, have breakfast with giraffes in Kenya, play a round on Old Course St Andrews

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Witty – or maybe that’s how I would describe myself

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? No job is too big, small or far, and we never say no

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: That would be telling

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Plenty of flares, a solar-powered torch, survival knife.


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TONY – Gloucester Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? One year

What does your average day at work look like? Mostly helping the sales team with pricing and sales opportunities, finding the right solution for the customer. Sitting meetings with customers and potential new customers as I like to see as many as possible

What do you enjoy most about your job? Meeting new customers and helping them resolve their issues around confidential destruction

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? People who drive in the outside lane on the motorway! Reason is obvious

What are three things on your bucket list? African safari, zipline over a gorge and win the lottery!

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Helpful

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Flexibility

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I bake a lot

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Satellite phone, boat and tent


Image of Scott Taylor, Accounts Administrator at Shred Station LtdSCOTT – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Too long, 8 years.

What does your average day at work look like? Busy, non-stop

What do you enjoy most about your job? Not knowing what I have ahead of me with all of the different tasks I undertake

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Martin

What are three things on your bucket list? Travel the world, win the lottery, and live to 40.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Crazy

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We’re the best, that’s what makes us unique

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I have a scar on my head

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? My missus, football and food


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RACHEL – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Almost 5 years

What does your average day at work look like? A variety of work including customer service, invoicing and customer reporting – keeps me busy!

What do you enjoy most about your job? Establishing a good relationship with regular customers and providing the best support I can

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Wasps

What are three things on your bucket list? Have another tattoo, learn Italian and cage dive with sharks

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Quiet

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We always endeavour to take on customers preferences for their collection days in order to make the service as swift and easy as possible

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I appeared on Blue Peter as a child for a Christmas special

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Plenty of chocolate, good quality tea bags and a kettle


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MARIA – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? On and off around 7 months. I was here full time for 6 months under a temporary contract. Once this ended, I left and was then offered the above vacancy, which I do part-time.

What does your average day at work look like? Phone calls, typing, phone calls, typing, etc.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Learning new words and phrases, and remembering I cannot repeat them to anyone under 18 years of age.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? People knocking at your home or phoning at stupid o’clock trying to sell you something.

What are three things your bucket list? Retire, take a few courses, and keep a packet of polos in my bag like all the retired people do.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Short.

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? 100% recycling.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I have more qualifications than I look as if I deserve.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Chocolate, that man on the telly – not Bear Grylls, the other one – and a change of underwear.


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SARAH – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 7 years

What does your average day at work look like? Desk-based. Assisting in raising invoices and general administration queries

What do you enjoy most about your job? The range of queries and helping to resolve them

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Bills, who wouldn’t!

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Friendly

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Flexibility and aiming to meet customers’ specific requirements

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Wind-up radio, blanket and my dog


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ESME – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since February 2019

What does your average day at work look like? Answering phones and booking in collections

What do you enjoy most about your job? Colleagues in the office

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Snakes because they don’t have legs…

What are three things on your bucket list? Travelling, skydive, and speak fluently in a different language

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Happy

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Our fleet is eco-friendly

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I used to be obsessed with ketchup and got sent lots from Heinz

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Company, phone and food


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OLIVER – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 11 years

What does your average day at work look like? Busy, productive, stressful, tiring, entertaining and rewarding all rolled into one!

What do you enjoy most about your job? A different challenge every day and working with great people

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Traffic wardens as they have no soul

What are three things on your bucket list? Swim with great white sharks (in a cage), go to a World Cup Final, preferably with England and see them win, and to visit all seven continents

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Blockhead

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We never say no!!

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I’m obsessed with giraffes

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? For practical use: a boat, flares and some peanut butter…


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TC / THOMAS – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 2 ½ years

What does your average day at work look like? Looking at my handsome operations coordinator buddy

What do you enjoy most about your job? Looking at my handsome operations coordinator buddy

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Songs of Praise

What are three things on your bucket list? Watching the Ashes in Australia, going to a FIFA World Cup final and being trapped on a desert island…

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Houdini

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Here at Shred Station, we make every customer feel wanted and supply the customer with a great deal of confidence

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  There are probably good reasons you don’t know

Which three items people would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Margot Robbie, Michelle Keegan and Demi Mawby


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LIAM – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 10 months

What does your average day at work look like? Two computers, a phone screen and a window overlooking the yard

What do you enjoy most about your job? The people

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Bepop and Rocksteady

What are three things on your bucket list? Go to Space, go to a FIFA World Cup Final, See the remaining Wonders of the World

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Hilarious

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? The incredible desire to be the best

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I was the Milky Bar Kid back in 2000

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Bear Grylls, Steve Backshall, sun cream


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DARREN – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Nearly 3 years

What does your average day at work look like? Wake up at 4 am, go to bed at 8 pm.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Everything

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Martin – think everyone will agree

What are three things on your bucket list? Travel more, retire, win the lottery

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Grumpy

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? The team behind it

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Stella, BT Sport, my daughter


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MARC – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 669 days, 3 hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds at the time of writing

What does your average day at work look like? As the company’s HSEQ Compliance manager, my function is to manage and maintain the Integrated Management System for Health, Safety, Environment and Quality procedures, primarily in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001, whilst aspiring to achieve 27001 and 45001 across the business. I assist each destruction facility team and their managers by recognising hazards, seeking to minimise risks whilst creating maintaining and improve the health, safety, environmental and quality standards. Being responsible for the development of effective and proactive strategies for managing HSEQ risks, and for improving HSEQ performance brings with it diversity. No single day is the same…! I strive to work closely with the team around me to ensure business priorities and compliance requirements are aligned, endeavouring to ensure the business is legally compliant with all relevant legislation.

What do you enjoy most about your job? The most effective people managing HSEQ compliance know that changing behaviour and culture is much more than writing rules and training employees to follow them. I praise employees when they choose safe behaviours, solicit participation and aspire to be a shining example of HSEQ best practices whilst maintaining openness. I enjoy working with people to achieve the necessary legal standards and accepted good practices. The position here at Shred Station has tremendous variety.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? The initial thing that springs to mind is irritating neighbours (don’t get me started), however, the judicial system may use this as evidence. Therefore, I’ll go with my wife’s hairbrush! I’m forever being asked if I’ve seen it…

What are three things on your bucket list? Dress up like Michael Myers and scare the living daylights out of people… wa haha! Visit Christ the Redeemer. Watch my beautiful daughter grow old.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Professional..!?

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? It’s superior customer service. Great interactions begin with knowing your customers wants and needs, and Shred Station have a superb, dedicated and passionate team that go over and beyond in order to achieve this.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I believe in God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A multi-tool, a hand-operated desalinator, travel insurance.


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MARTIN – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Nearly 10 years

What does your average day at work look like? 2 monitors and a very messy desk

What do you enjoy most about your job? Every day is a new and different challenge, also my colleagues

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Bing Bunny

What are three things on your bucket list? Watch Queen live, they don’t tour much these days for some reason. Watch England win the football world cup. Win the Euro Millions.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Loud

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Carbon neutral company

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: That would be telling!

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Phone, pair of shorts, lifeboat.


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KELSEY – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 6 and a half years

What does your average day at work look like? Emails and calls

What do you enjoy most about your job? I’m always busy

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Mushrooms so they are never secretly in food without me knowing

What are three things on your bucket list? Visit Bora Bora, get married in the Caribbean, speak Spanish fluently

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Hardworking

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We have a solar-powered head office

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I really like country music

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A dog, my phone and food


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BETH – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Almost 3 years

What does your average day at work look like? Emails, managing existing accounts, dealing with requests and queries from existing customers, organising work on behalf of our third parties

What do you enjoy most about your job? Always busy

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Winter – I am definitely more of a summer person. I hate the cold, dark mornings and nights

What are three things on your bucket list? A world cruise, watch the tennis at Wimbledon and own a dog!

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Quiet

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We accept staples, paperclips, files and other paper-related materials at no extra charge. Some other shredding companies don’t accept this material or will charge a contamination fee.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I did a skydive in Australia a few years ago… best and most terrifying thing I have ever done!

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A hammock, water, and my husband!


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DEBRA – Nationwide

How long have you been at Shred Station? 18 months

What does your average day at work look like? Start at 6am – driving to customers/prospects – emails – phone calls to customers / the Shred Station office – quotations to win business

What do you enjoy most about your job? Winning orders/new customers, the service Shred Station offers, the people I meet and build rapport with, working with all the Shred Station team

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? People who use phone menus where you might finally get to speak to a fellow human being, but get put in a queue and then they cut me off. Ahhh!

What are three things on your bucket list? (Win the lottery) – Visit 3 Asia Pacific countries, experience the Northern Lights, be a size 10 again

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Demanding

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Simon Franklin. His reputation in the marketplace has made Shred Station the company it is today and continues to grow. He is self-motivated, not frightened of a challenge, has a desire to improve things, is goal-oriented, has a positive relationship with staff and customers, and embraces change

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I was Sales Person of the Year two years running for a very well known brand of ladies underwear

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? 1) My husband. 2) A bathroom. 3) A boat to get us off the island.


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CHRIS – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? About four years

What does your average day at work look like? Like a swan, calm above the surface but paddling hard underneath

What do you enjoy most about your job? Meeting clients in different industries

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Miserable people

What are three things on your bucket list? Take my family to Disney World Florida, play bowls in Australia, and have my wife clean the car

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Consistent

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? The staff do really care about the customers. Even as we have grown, the want to help and do our best for the customer still remains.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I was the bowls champion for England and represented England in the British Isles, and my son still does play for England and is number 17 in the world!

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? My wife, earmuffs (because I’m taking the wife), and bowls because that’s something important to me.


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WILL – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Almost two years

What does your average day at work look like? Testing if it is, at all possible, to drown in paper.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Walking our company dog, Charlie.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Spiders. I’m horrified of them.

What are three things on your bucket list? Work with animals, go to the TooManyGames convention, own a husky.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Helpful, hopefully.

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? I think Shred Station has a very friendly work environment.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: One of my work experiences involved assisting microbiology research at the UEA, which, in turn, led to drawing a Triforce in a petri dish, using bacteria.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? My computer, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books box set, and my phone.


Image of Lloyd Quinton, Norwich Warehouse Manager at Shred Station Limited

LLOYD – Norwich Shredding Depot

How long have you been at Shred Station? Just over 5 and a half years

What does your average day at work look like? A rather busy office and a treehouse office

What do you enjoy most about your job? My work colleagues

What are three things on your bucket list? Skydive, see the penguins in the Antarctic, emigrate

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Legend

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Always looking to do that little bit extra, very friendly atmosphere, and we all work well together

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I had a pet pig (Sumo)

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A giant box of matches, fishing net, and knife.


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EMILY – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? One year

What does your average day at work look like? It’s different every day. Content creation, social media, emails, planning, pestering other staff members (to make things like this blog post!) and research.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy all of it. There is a good mix of creative elements and organisation involved. The shredding industry is really interesting so there’s never a shortage of things to write about or plan

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Ocean plastic. I watched a short film called Blue (you can watch it here) and it hit things home for me about how urgent it is to look after our oceans

What are three things on your bucket list? Make a short film, visit Mexico City, start a Random Acts of Kindness project

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Normal

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Shred Station’s commitment to reducing environmental impacts. We’re carbon neutral, nothing goes to landfill, and even our trucks are eco-friendly. That’s a rarity for any business, especially businesses in the data destruction industry

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I used to have 6 facial piercings and blue hair!

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A big knife, soap, and a box of fireworks.

 


Image of Charlie (Springer Spaniel), Office Dog at Shred Station Ltd

CHARLIE – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Almost 7 years

What does your average day at work look like? Fetch, head pats, barking at anyone in a high-vis jacket, sleeping under Emily’s desk

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Cute

What is your favourite toy? All of the tennis balls

 

We know that, for some people, it feels good to put a face to a name, especially when you are trusting someone with your confidential information. These are just some members of our national team of staff and we hope that this blog has let you get to know us a little better.

If there’s anything our team can help you with, feel free to get in touch today.


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