David Marsay – 20 Years & Counting!
Working at Waters
Welcome to ‘Working at Waters’ where you get the opportunity to find out what its like to be part of our family! Waters employees – from Transport Managers to Tanker Drivers have been speaking about their roles and sharing their experiences about what its like to work for one of the leading waste companies in the UK.
The Waters Group has gone from strength to strength since it was established over 25 years ago, and to remain successful for so long could not happen without a passionate and dedicated workforce.
20 Years & Counting!
NAME: DAVE MARSAY
BORN: GREAT AYTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
DEPOT: TEESSIDE DEPOT
COMPANY & JOB TITLE: DRIVER & DRIVER TRAINER, WATERS WASTE SERVICES LTD.
DRIVES: DAF 440 TRACTOR WITH WHALE TANKERS ARTICULATED VACUUM TANKER
Dave Marsay works for Waters Waste Services as a Head Driver & Driver Trainer and combines his work commitments with spending time with his family – wife Gemma and 4 year old son, Alfie. Dave joined The Waters Group 20 years ago in 1997 when there was only 2 other employees working for what was Petch Waters at the time.
My role at Waters… I am a Artic (Articulated) Vacuum Tanker Driver / Operator and recently become a Driver Trainer for the company.
How my role has changed over the years… It has changed in many ways, when I started in 97 there was only two other lads working for Petch Waters. I started off on a Transit with a pump on the back, moved onto a 7.5T vehicle, then did a couple of years on a flatbed doing general haulage delivering up to Scotland. Since 2004 I have moved from an 18T vacuum tanker, to a 26T, then to a 32T and ended up with a 44T artic vacuum tanker.
A typical day for me is… How do I describe a typical day?! The work is so varied. It used to be more routine when I was on the smaller tankers but now I can be on a tanker to training one of the new lads up on how to use the pump correctly. There is no such thing as a typical day in my job.
My greatest achievement at Waters… I have achieved many things in 20 years of being here, but my most recent achievement of becoming a driver trainer within the company is my favourite.
What I enjoy most about my job is… The variety! I enjoy watching places grow and observing the transformation, it could be wasteland then within months, hundreds of houses have been built or a power plant has gone up in no time. Also the people, both the people I work with and the people I meet whilst I’m doing my job.
The advice I would give to people wanting to get into a similar role is… Be flexible, if you want to move up the ladder and progress in a company – be flexible and open to learning new things and always be professional.
I was inspired by… My brother (Andrew) got me into driving and working on farms. Once I got a taste for it, my best friend at the time was working here and got me a trial, and the rest is history as they say.
Three words to describe Waters… Honest, Helpful & Varied
How my managers have supported me in my career… I have always wanted to progress and move up in my career. I have moved up the vehicles and now I am a driver trainer. Waters have put my through all my licences and CPC training, but also helped me through difficult periods in my life which is important.