Antony is a panellist on the Colleague Comunications Panel at Tesco
Antony has been in the Tesco Hackathon winning teams in 2014 and 2015
Antony has been on secondment to Tesco Labs where he collaborated with an Hackathon team member to develop their basic idea into a viable business model.
Antony was born in Chesterfield in 1966 and although he has travelled in the past, he still lives there with his partner Michelle. Through Michelle, he has two grown up stepchildren, Aimee and Tom. Michelle and Antony love to travel, both at home and abroad and both have an interest in history. In their spare time you will often find them visiting a National Trust property.
Antony likes to keep active and he has cycled the 140 miles Whitehaven to Sunderland coast to coast route in two days for charity. He completed the 2013 Sheffield Half Marathon, and had hoped to race in the 2013 Robin Hood Half Marathon but suffered an injury in training. He currently works as a Grocery Delivery Assistant for a large supermarket chain but in the past he has had various roles in a range of industries.
Antony’s working life started poorly. Leaving school with only a hand full of average CSE qualifications, he was initially placed on a Youth Training Scheme with construction company Henry Boot and had hoped to become a brick layer but the country was in recession at the time and employment in the building trade was not readily available.
His turning point came at the age of nineteen when he joined the Royal Engineers. He spent the next nine years serving in countries such as Germany, Belize, Falkland Islands and Canada but the highlight of his career was serving as a United Nations peacekeeper in Bosnia during the civil unrest of the early nineties. The picture on the left shows Antony receiving his United Nations Medal.
On leaving the army, Antony found employment as a machine operator with an engineering company which manufactured high pressure gas cylinders. His main role was operating a CNC lathe which formed the cylinder necks at a temperature in excess of a thousand degrees centigrade.
In the six years Antony worked for the company, he became heavily involved with the company's continuous improvement programme. He developed an interest in lean manufacturing and workplace culture, enlisting himself on several improvement teams. The company had a policy that encouraged ideas from the workforce. Any idea that was submitted would be taken seriously. Seriously does not mean it would necessarily be adopted but if it were ultimately rejected, then it would be rejected with the same level of thought and supporting evidence that went into the original idea.
Apart from making the occasional adjustment to a CNC programme, Antony entered the new millennium completely computer illiterate so decided to enrol on a computer course at the local Adult Learning Centre. This move enabled him a surprising although short lived amount of success. Within two years he had gained a level 3 IT qualification, a level 4 Further Education Teachers Certificate and he had left manufacturing. He was teaching up to Level 2 IT at a local college on a rolling one month fixed term contract. Then came the bombshell, the government redirected funding from IT into other areas of further education and it was back to the drawing board. Armed with a heavy goods driving licence obtained during his army days, he found work as a lorry driver and has worked in transport since, having held several positions in transport over the last ten years.
Working in education had given Antony the learning bug and in 2005 he enrolled on a Foundation Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He really enjoyed this course because much of it was work related. At the time he was working as a lorry driver in a small transport company, the owner was impressed with his course work and he paid for him to take the Level 3 Certificate of Professional Competence in Road Haulage for Transport Managers. At the same time, Antony gained an IOSH Managing Safely Certificate and he was promoted to Transport Supervisor, his main responsibility being compliance.
Antony was involved in the restructuring of the company and he also developed a company health and safety policy. He submitted the work he had done with the company as an assignment in the Managing Change module of the Foundation Degree. Antony was awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence Student of the Year 2007 and was also nominated for Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport student of the year 2007. The Picture above shows Antony receiving his award from Cath Orange, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University.
On completing the Foundation Degree the obvious next step was to take the BA in Logistics and Business Management but Antony took a side step and enrolled on the BA in Business and Management Studies. At the time Antony was lorry driving full time in the week and teaching transport management at Chesterfield College on Saturdays so had little time to study but he completed the Bachelor’s Degree in 2009 with an upper second class (2:1)
Antony has been in his current job since April 2010 during which time he has maintained his personal development of his own accord by taking level 2 courses in Customer Services Knowledge, Business Administration and Equality and Diversity. Antony has also updated his IT skills too so that he is familiar with the latest MS Office package.