Tony is a former paperboy who likes to work before the world wakes up, fuelled by coffee, vitamins and coconut oil.
Having started as a trainee recruitment consultant in 1993, Tony managed to slowly work his way through every rank to eventually become a non-executive director in 2002.
From that point he headed an MBO (management buyout) with the support of bank funds and private equity funding in 2007. Since then Templine have evolved into a wider group (Siamo Group) and now turnover in excess of £85m per annum from 44 UK locations.
Siamo now incorporates different services, brands and businesses to the core blue collar temporary brand (Templine). These include commercial recruitment services, permanent placement solutions and ESFA and Apprenticeship Levy funded training.
He has also set up a charity to cure diabetes after very sadly losing his son to the disease.
Tony, welcome to the Leadership interview
How do you start your day?
Coffee with half a teaspoon of coconut oil. Variety of vitamin tablets. Two hours work on ‘admin’ before the world wakes up. Exercise of some form.
What was your first job and what is the worst job that you’ve ever done?
First job = Paperboy.
Worst job = Working for a cash paying mobile video round as a door to door salesman. Didn’t mind the door knocking. I hated the bullying owners that treated staff like meat.
What advice would you give to others about furthering their careers?
Unusual input gets unusual output AND it’s never about the money.
Who inspires you and why?
Anyone that makes over 90% of their talent count. Regardless of how talented they are naturally.
Do you think a talent to lead is nature or nurture?
On balance nature
How can a leader fail? Do you have a personal example?
Failure to adapt to the market. Believing what has always worked must work moving forwards. Never be scared to change. Examples – Woolworths, HMV, et al.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
They are always the same in everyone. Their greatest strength is always their greatest weakness. Every single time. So my specific personal answer is irrelevant.
What do you find most challenging about being a leader?
Having more answers than most of the people around you.
What are you most proud of?
My employees that made the best of themselves and earn good money and enjoy life so well now. It honestly makes me deeply emotional to have nurtured someone from a teenager to being an Exec with a great car, house, salary etc. And all they did was work hard and grasp the opportunity. They inspire me.
What’s your biggest self- indulgence?
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