Darren Clinton-Lindop is a much valued Account Handler at Thurra and is responsible for many of the inspection renewals going through the business and account management. He is always on hand with a smile to help out with any enquiries our clients have.
We persuaded Darren to break off from his busy workload so we could learn a bit more about him…
Q: How did you start your career?
A: It all started through work experience. I was doing a BTEC National Diploma in Computing at Tameside College and was placed with Haughton Engineering (now HSB) for two weeks. They asked me to come back during the holidays and I really enjoyed it. I went on to university, but after 12 months I realised I had already learnt most of the course and I could learn more in the real world, so I approached the deputy MD at Haughton Engineering and they welcomed me back gladly!
Q: How long have you been involved in engineering inspections and insurance?
A: I have been involved in the industry for just over 24 years now. I started in June 1996 with work experience and got a full contract in September 1997.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out in this industry?
A: It can be a challenging industry, but once you get in to it there are a lot of opportunities and each day is different.
Q: Your biggest achievement to date?
A: Personal – is losing 18st in weight, it was a long and hard road but it has been worth it. Professional – being part of the team helping the company achieve such a milestone in business.
Q: What is the best thing you have done since the lockdowns?
A: Being able to get out and go to theatre shows and concerts. I went to watch the Lion King in London recently.
Q: What do you think will change for you as an outcome of the pandemic?
A: Probably the way we travel abroad, things will be a lot more stricter than what they used to be.
Q: What is the best part of working for Thurra?
A: The team, everyone is very friendly and helpful. We do what we can to help each other when needed.
Q: What excites you about the future at Thurra?
A: Being able to help the company grow and discover new possibilities.
Quick fire questions:
Q: First drink of the day – tea, coffee or something else
Q: Summer or Winter
Q: City, seaside or countryside
Q: Chocolate or crisps
Q: Theatre or a music gig
Q: Favourite board game
A: Monopoly. Not a lot of people enjoy this game so I couldn’t always play it until I found an electronic version that I now play against the computer.
Q: Masterchef or DIY SOS
Q: Beach or pool (cast your mind back!)
Q: A skill you have that may surprise us
A: I am quite good with IT. For a time when I was employed at Haughton Engineering (HSB) I used to work in the IT department and helped setting up computers, network cabling and also did a bit of programming.