IN THE HOTSEAT

 IN THE HOTSEAT

STEPHEN RUSSELL

Married/Children?
Married with cats!

Position/Company:
Commercial Manager at Lochrin Bain Ltd 2014-Present.

Previous Employment:
Industrial Fencing Sales Rep at McArthur Group Ltd 2002-2014

What do you consider the main issues affecting the fencing industry?
Working in the security fencing industry for over 18 years, it still amazes me that between both contractors and manufacturers, many British Standards have been thrown to the side and disregarded, while people try and compete with cowboy suppliers and cheap inferior products. I agree that there is a market for these systems, and cheap and cheerful products will always be required. However, the quality of some of the products we see across the UK really has went down hill in the last 10 years. Luckily, there are still a good number of business spread across the country who try to buck this trend and educate clients of the importance of standards and why they are in place.

What’s been your best idea?
I am proud to be co-inventor of our Patent Pending High Security Palisade design, Lochrin Defender™. This LPS1175 Issue 8: C5 system (SR3) was launched in 2016 and has been installed on several Utility sites across the country and is unique in the fact that the raking panel uses only 10 fittings saving on installation times and costs.

And you’re worst?
Too many to list, but I try not to regret them. You can’t learn anything from being perfect.

What do you like about Fencing and Landscaping News?
For me it is twofold, firstly I get to see a wide range of news and information from across the industry, including many parts that I am not involved in day to day, secondly I get to showcase what the team are doing here at Lochrin Bain, and let the industry see what’s new from the country’s oldest Palisade manufacturer.

Favourite film:
I like a good zombie movie, so going to go with Dawn of the Dead. (2004)

Beer or Wine:
Beer…. And I love a good Whisky.

Favourite Food:
Lamb Bhuna with naan bread and a portion of chips for the table.

Favourite saying:
“The world is a book and those that do not travel read only one page”

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you take with you?
This could go one of two ways. I could either go all out survival mode with my inner Bear Grylls taking a Bowie knife, water purifier and fire lighter or sit back and relax with my kindle, a bottle of whisky and a hammock.

Newspaper you read:
Not read a newspaper in years, all my news is now sourced online. I was always a Daily Record reader.

Favourite sport:
Pushed for a favourite I would say MMA.

Pound or Euro?
Pound.

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