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, Founder and Managing Director of Shred Station Ltd.

SIMON

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since formation in 2008!

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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KRISTIAN – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? 2nd June 2020.

What does your average day at work look like? I’m now into my fourth month here and it’s already been quite a journey.  I don’t really have an average day – I could be out on the road meeting customers, suppliers and colleagues or in any of our offices working with the team on marketing, processes, bids and sales, to wandering around the warehouses catching up with the team.  I’ll be getting involved with anything and everything while also looking at strategy alongside Simon and delivering improvements and innovations to the business so we’re always one step ahead.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Winding up Oli. But also I like the variation and scope, it’s nice to be involved in all aspects of the business and be able to make positive changes that hopefully benefit our staff and our customers.

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

What are three things on your bucket list? I’d love to build a house one day, travel the world and see my son grow up happy.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Follicly challenged and bad at maths.

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? I think this is easy – we’re unique because we truly do put the customer at the middle of our offering.  We have the infrastructure to provide whatever a customer requires while being agile enough and with a fast decision-making structure to turn anything around without delay.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I once had an audition for an ITV drama.  I didn’t get it.  Probably why I’m here writing this & not signing autographs in Hollywood.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Is it too cheesy to say my wife and boys?  Outside of that a football, sun cream and plenty of beers.

 


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ROSS – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since 2017.

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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OLIVER – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since 2008.

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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MARTIN – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since 2010, many 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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DARREN – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since 2016.

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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CLARE – Harlow Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since October 2020.

What does your average day at work look like? Lots of calls from the drivers, emails, routing jobs, and coffee.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Organising the drivers and their work!

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Rudeness, politics, animal and child cruelty.

What are three things on your bucket list? Retire early, fly-drive America, grow old with lots of grandchildren!

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

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We don’t say no to any job!

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I help my husband run our takeaway business from our garden shed which we turned into an industrial kitchen. He injured himself as a roofer just before the first 2020 lockdown, so decided to start something different and it’s going really well! Also, I have been in the shredding business for nearly 14 years!

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Cocktails, a book, and a boat for when I was ready to leave.


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CHRIS – Gloucester Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since March 2019.

What does your average day at work look like? Writing tenders and bids highlighting the benefits of our secure shredding services.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Working with a great bunch of dedicated people.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? DIY – I am terrible at this!

What are three things on your bucket list? Go around the world in 80 days, see a heavyweight boxing bout in Las Vegas, and watch the Wolves win the FA Cup.

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? The focus on our customer’s precise requirements.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I had a trial with Aston Villa.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A football, sun cream, a mobile phone with iTunes installed.


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CHRIS – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since 2015.

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, they 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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DEBRA – Nationwide

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since May 2018.

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 the 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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ROSIE – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since November 2021.

What does your average day at work look like? Emails, emails, and, oh, more emails! Along with lots of tea from lovely Dawn.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I love my colleagues. We laugh non-stop in the office and I feel like we’re a proper family.

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

What are three things on your bucket list? Travelling in a van (cliché I know), marrying my fiancé and selling more of my illustrations.

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? Our customer service (though, I’m biased). We offer a person-centred service and always do whatever we can to help our customers.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I have a piece of pencil lead stuck in my arm that has been there since I was six – I think that’s why I can draw.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? My phone, a water filter and my Mrs.


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NICOLE – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since June 2022.

What does your average day at work look like? Like that scene from Elf where they are all dancing and cheering in the post room around Buddy.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Working with the best possible colleagues I could have asked for.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Tuesday mornings, mosquitos and raisins

What are three things on your bucket list? Spend a Christmas in New York, see the Northern Lights, see the Great Wall of China.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? They said ‘funny’ – I presume they mean funny-looking?

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? The fact that we are Carbon Neutral certified!

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  Who I’ve got for Secret Santa. I will never tell.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Tea bags, sugar, milk.


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MATTHEW – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since November 2022.

What does your average day at work look like? Sending hundreds of emails, managing my new accounts, taking incoming calls, and dealing with customer queries and ETAs. I correspond with the Operations Team to get dates for customers and services.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy it when I have a customer who gets in touch and is very satisfied with our service.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Bananas – no explanation needed!

What are three things on your bucket list? Get a blonde long-haired sausage dog, travel around the US of A, go to New York at Christmas time.

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

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? The fact we can granulate in an on-site vehicle and our DPD-style tracking system.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I was once given an award for Tag Rugby by Stuart Pearce who was the under-21s England football manager at the time.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? Nando’s Peri Peri sauce, a fishing rod, and a boat.


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TOM – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since May 2017, with a couple of years out.

What does your average day at work look like? Emails, phone calls, and a few burger van trips.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I like the fact that once you finish work, you can switch off until you come back the next day. My colleagues are also really helpful and friendly.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? Ketchup going in the microwave.

What are three things on your bucket list? Go to Australia and watch England in The Ashes, watch West Ham in the Champions League (very unlikely), and run a marathon.

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Probably legendary or heroic.

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Considering how much the company has grown over the years, I believe our customers are still getting a great service where we try our best to help in any way possible.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you:  I once played table tennis for Norfolk.

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? A dartboard set, The Inbetweeners box set, and a football.


Image of Scott Taylor, Accounts Assistant at Shred Station.SCOTT – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Too long, since 2011.

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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SARAH – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since 2012.

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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DAWN – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since August 2021.

What does your average day at work look like? My average day starts with a mug of tea to get me ready for tonnes of emails and reports my lovely customers require.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I most enjoy working with my team at Shred Station.

If our shredding machines worked like Room 101, what would you put in the shredder and why? My work phone because it rings too much.

What are three things on your bucket list? Visit New York at Christmas, learn to snowboard and get rich!

In one word, how do you think your colleagues would describe you? Mum! I’m definitely a mum to all.

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? We all believe at Shred Station in doing the best for the environment and I’m proud of that.

Name something your colleagues do not know about you: I’m scared of the dark…

Which three items would you take with you if you were to be trapped on a desert island? I would take a bottomless giant bottle of gin, a big sunhat and an inflatable unicorn to float on in the sea.


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LLOYD – Norwich Shredding Depot

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since the summer of 2014.

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.

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

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

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, a fishing net, and a knife.


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EMILY – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? Since November 2018.

What does your average day at work look like? It’s different every day. Writing, researching, designing, planning, organising, strategising, and creating.

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.

What are three things on your bucket list? Make a short film, give my dog a good life, and start a Random Acts of Kindness project.

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

What is it that you think makes Shred Station unique in this industry? Shred Station’s commitment to reducing emissions. We also continuously innovate which makes things a fun challenge!

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? Soap, a big knife, fireworks.


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CHARLIE – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? A long time. Probably 77 dog years.

What does your average day at work look like? Fetch, practising a look of devastating melancholy to hopefully receive head scratches, barking at anyone in a high-vis jacket.

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

What is your favourite toy? All of the tennis balls.


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OLIVE – Norwich Office

How long have you been at Shred Station? I was born in 2022.

What does your average day at work look like? Jumping on the window ledges, running, playing, snoozing.

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

What is your favourite toy? Every teddy bear I can find.


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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