Head of Sales, Paul Gill from Dufaylite is under the spot light
Head of Sales, Paul Gill from Dufaylite is under the spot light

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This month we put our Head of Sales, Paul Gill, Under the Spotlight…

Q1. What is your current role at Dufaylite, and how long have you worked here?
Head of Sales Packaging & Display. I have been with Dufaylite for 20 years.
Q2. What was your first job?
Engineer.
Q3. What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
Honeycomb can be used in a diverse range of products and has unlimited potential. Be sure to keep an open mind and don’t limit yourself to any one market sector.
Q4. What challenges do you foresee for the industry in the coming year?
Over the last year people outside our industry have come to better understand the harm plastics can cause to our planet, leaving an awful legacy for future generations. We have reached a pivotal moment as change has been embraced and now we must deliver this change with smart manufacturing, design and by using less raw materials, whilst offering better performance. This is the challenge.
Q5. Who in your career has inspired you?
Back in the 1980s I worked with an engineer by the name of Ted. He was smart, always had a smile on his face, had a fantastic positive work ethic, never took a day off sick, and was always kind and considerate to his work colleagues. He demonstrated that you don’t have to be a captain of industry to inspire.
Q6. If you were not in your current role what would you like to be doing?
Teaching in the more remote areas around the world.
Q7. What are your hobbies/interests away from the office?
Travel, collecting books and affordable art and walking.
Q8. If you could have dinner with any three people from any time, fictional or non-fictional, who would they be and why?
Spike Milligan – as one of Britain’s best comedians, he would make for an unpredictable and witty evening.
Lao Tzu – The Chinese philosopher who was overshadowed by Confucius, in the hope that I might pick up some wisdom during the evening.
Mo Mowlam – One of the most credible politicians from my era, just to say thank you for the Good Friday Agreement and making the UK a safer place to live.
Q9. Which country would you most like to visit and why?
I planned a trip to Easter Island in Chile back in the 1990s to see the monolithic heads, but had to change this to Peru as we (the UK) gave refuge to General Pinochet which in turn upset Chile. With home office advice not to travel to Chile at the time, I never got round to going. But it is still on the list.
Q10. What is your favorite book?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
Q11. What is your proudest moment?
Marrying my wife. My wife confirms that this is without a doubt my proudest moment!
Q12. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Always treat everyone as you wish to be treated yourself.