Next up in the Repair & Maintenance Player Profiles series, we have our Workshop Supervisor Luke Shannon. Luke joined in 2015 as a workshop technician after 11 years of working in aircraft maintenance.
Read more in our latest Repair and Maintenance player profile below.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Luke Shannon and I joined WES in 2015 as a Workshop Technician. Previously I worked in aircraft maintenance for 11 years, mostly in component overhaul. I live in Basingstoke but grew up in the Caribbean and Malaysia. I am the father of 3 daughters and spend much of my time away from work running around after them when I’m not engaged in my hobbies which include: HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), Bonsai and hiking with friends. I am also a passionate Arsenal fan and run the “WES Super League” fantasy football competition.
What is your role in the WES R&M team?
My role at WES is to supervise and support the day-to-day running of the 2 workshops. This includes, but by no means is limited to: technical support, health and safety instruction and monitoring, plant and equipment maintenance and giving general support to our fantastic team of fitters.
What do you enjoy most about working at WES?
Honestly….it has to be the people and the atmosphere. We have a really great team here and everyone is supportive and helpful. With the servant/leadership model that we have in place at WES, there are no barriers between department and rank which means that everybody has their concerns/ideas and voices heard. WES has managed its growth very well and still maintains the feel of a family-run business.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Dealing with a diverse team and range of products means that there is no such thing as a typical day for me at WES. Some days I’m in and out of meetings, others I can be on the tools all day. Some days I can be glued to my desk all day and others never get a chance to sit down. I’m not complaining because I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are your most & least favourite parts of working for WES?
My two favourite things at WES are our lovely new building and the support I have received to advance my career. WES supported me last year to attain my lead auditor qualification and this year I have begun studying for my NEBOSH certificate.
My least favourite thing is that people are always bringing cakes and biscuits to work and it’s making me fat.