Day 150 - 07 Jul 95 - Page 03
2 Q. Very briefly, we may come back to this, can you just sketch
3 out what your job at present involves?
4 A. Primarily, I am in charge of Operations in the Midlands
5 region, and so I head that team looking after the Company
6 restaurants, but I also have responsibility for the
7 franchised restaurants through our franchised support
8 teams, so it is primarily restaurant responsibilities.
10 Q. Is that a day by day on the ground job or is that very much
11 an office job?
12 A. No, I would say primarily it is field based. I have
13 been field based since I joined the Company.
15 Q. When you say "field based", what do you mean by that?
16 A. I would say, well, no one week is typical, but I guess
17 of a five-day week I would spend maybe two days now in the
18 office and the remaining three visiting restaurants with
19 the people that work for me.
21 Q. So two days in the office and then three out and about?
22 A. That is about it, yes.
24 Q. We may come back more on what you do now a little later,
25 but can I ask you when you had your first contact with
27 A. That was really after I left university in 1983. I was
28 going to take up a postgraduate work.
30 Q. What was that going to be in?
31 A. We were doing some air photography work for the local
32 Staffordshire County Council over Cannock Chase.
34 Q. So that was nothing to do with retail?
35 A. No, not at all.
37 Q. Then you left university; you were thinking of doing
38 postgraduate work, but obviously you did not end up doing
40 A. No.
42 Q. Were you always intending to work at McDonald's to make it
43 your career?
44 A. When I -- basically, when I intended to do this
45 postgraduate course the grant fell through, so I intended
46 then to go teacher training. I was really too late to
47 apply for that year's intake, so I decided to obviously
48 work during that intervening year ready for the next intake
49 which, I think, was 1994. So I went down to the Job Centre
50 and applied to join McDonald's where I started as an hourly
51 paid employee.
53 Q. When you say that, you were a crew member?
54 A. That is right, yes. I joined as an hourly paid member
55 of staff.
57 Q. Do you remember the month in 1983 when you joined?
58 A. I think it was September; it would have been just at
59 the end of the year.