Employee Profile - Mark Blyghton ( Sales Engineer - London)
Date: 07th August 2017 | Posted by: Airedale Team | Posted in: Press release
Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, 03/08/2017
We asked Airedale's London-based Sales Engineer, Mark Blyghton a few questions to get to know more about him and his role in the Airedale London office.
1. Please introduce yourself. I'm Mark Blyghton, 37, and currently living in East London with my girlfriend of many years. No children just yet.
2. What is your role at Airedale, and what excites you about it? I'm a Sales Engineer. After a number of years working for a BMS “systems house” I am excited to be working for a manufacturer again. I have an electro-mechanical engineering background and I enjoy being able to use that knowledge in my day-to-day. I enjoy working face to face with clients and assisting them in reaching their goals through solutions provided by Airedale.
3. Do you have a particular area of specialisation within your chosen field? I have worked in a sales role for 10 years and have been fortunate to receive very good training to develop sales through solution selling and key account management. These techniques have worked across several industries including; steam and process fluid handling, BMS and now comfort and close-control refrigeration.
4. Why did you choose a career in Engineering? When I was 18, I decided that pursuing university education was not for me, so I looked to gain qualifications through an apprenticeship instead.
I was very close to my grandfather who was a welder/fabricator and later an engine fitter for London Buses. I was always interested in stories he would tell when I would see him, this along with my natural curiosity for how things work, lead me to follow a career in engineering.
5. What did you study at university/ college and how has your previous experience lead you to your current role? My apprenticeship was at an industrial laundry. I attended Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey on day release for four years.
In that time I gained a HNC & HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering along with a City & Guilds in Mechanical Engineering. After my apprenticeship ended, the factory where I was working closed and I moved to a company that sold Dry Cleaning equipment, followed by working as a service engineer and then went onto a company who provided control solutions to steam users before they gave me an opportunity to move to a sales role. My experience with the tools is important I feel, as it allows me to talk to customers at all levels, and problem solve.
6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I listen to a broad range of music, and (try!) to keep fit by hitting the gym a few times a week. I also enjoy cooking and have undertaken a number of butchery courses, which is a great way of improving your cooking skills!
7. Do you have any particular hobbies or interests that you are passionate about? Rugby. I have played 1st team for Hammersmith & Fulham RFC for many years, and we've just started preseason. This will be my 16th year at the club and I've enjoyed playing there during a pretty successful time in the clubs history.
I captained the 1st team for five years, and during that time we won promotion to the top London league and went unbeaten for 18 months.
Last season was a year of poor results for us, however I’m hoping we can have an enjoyable winning season this year. When I decided to step down from the 1st team captaincy I had the honour of being made a Vice-President at the club instead.
8. Favourite country visited on holiday and why? USA.
In 2017 we did a fly/drive holiday across Tennessee taking in Pigeon Forge, Memphis and Nashville (including CMAfest – a huge Country music festival held in the centre of the city every year). We did it as my girlfriend enjoys country music and I was keen for a big US holiday. Needless to say following the holiday I have become a bit of a fan of country music myself.
9. If you could take an inanimate object onto a desert island with you, what would it be and why? A deck chair! May as well get some tanning in!
10. What is the music track of your life, and what does it make you think of when you hear it? I don’t have a particular track. But a recent song I enjoy is: 'It Ain’t My Fault' by Brothers Osbourne. The lyrics sound like a pretty mad night out!