Meet Matthew Lee
TruckEast Wellingborough has appointed Matthew Lee as their new General Manager. Earlier this week, we sat down with Matt over a cup of tea to try and get to know more about the man behind the suit.
Three words people would use to describe you?
Funny, determined and approachable (most of the time).
How do you see the trucking industry evolving over the next 12 months?
Uncertainty in the industry is definitely a big influence, with Brexit there may be a lot of changes with currency and the economy. I think those in the industry need to diversify to get through the tough times. This is what I like about the TruckEast ethos, we are quick to adapt and improvise when things seem uncertain.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
People - customers and colleagues; even the ones that are challenging to handle! It is so satisfying when I resolve a difficult situation and get it right. Businesses will succeed if customers and employees are happy.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?
A Ferrari F40, no doubt about it.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
I have been given a lot of advice throughout my life, but ‘trusting your instincts' has proven itself to be very true for me, it’s definitely one I live by.
It is so satisfying when I resolve a difficult situation and get it right. Businesses will succeed if customers and employees are happy.
How did you get into the industry and why?
When I was younger I loved anything mechanical, I started with Lego, then moved to fixing bikes and then onto rebuilding cars. I grew up with my Dad working in the industry, so if it wasn’t for him I probably would have gone down the path of a car mechanic. Young apprentices see the car world as the shining light, but trucks are so much more interesting to work with. Fixing trucks involves dissecting, investigating, rebuilding, welding…the list goes on. Unless you’re involved with super cars, cars are becoming a matter of replacing parts and not a lot else.
Where would your dream holiday destination be?
I'm not really big on holidays; I love spending time at home with my family and my cars. But if I was to go anywhere, it would have to be California to drive the Laguna Seca.
Which technology innovation has made the biggest impact on your life?
I'd say instant accessibility to information overall. I constantly use Google to find out things for myself, my children used to make fun of me but now they’re just the same; I love to be in the know. Satnavs are a life saver for me since my navigation skills aren’t the best.
We meant one thing Matt…
Ok but finally my favourite - eBay. I use it to buy and sell car parts, or just get inspiration for fixing up a car.
Football, rugby or motorsport?
Motorsport. But I don’t think you need to ask that!