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Meet the Staff #1: Craig Shatford

Craig Shatford has recently joined Crest Co-operative as our new Bulky Waste Collections Driver. Working alongside Conwy Council, Craig is responsible for picking up any furniture deemed unfit for reuse that’s left outside of people’s houses. These collections are booked through the local authority and collected by Crest. For more info on this service please ring Environmental Services in Conwy Council on 01492 575337. This is what Craig had to say about joining the team!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Craig, I’m 44 years old and I’ve been living in Llandudno for the last four and a half years, I have a partner called Clare and a son named Ieuan.

What attracted you to our role as Bulky Waste Collections Driver?
It’s nice to do a job at the grass roots of an organisation like Crest that does so much good for the local area. It’s nice to feel that you’re a part of something worthwhile.

What are your work experiences and background?
I was a deputy retail manager for a large carpet retail company. In a big company like that you’re a small cog in a big machine and you’re only as good as last week’s numbers and figures and you don’t feel as valued as much. Where as at Crest it feels like you retain a lot of staff – people come here and don’t seem to want to leave!

What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time is family time. My son is in his second year of university so when he’s home we spend quality time together, the same with my partner who works full time. Weekends we go for walks or to the cinema as a family. I also play a bit of guitar and I enjoy my music. My favourite guitarists are Mark Knopfler from the Dire Straits technically but artistically I do like George Ezra and James Bay – they have a bit of rhythm and drive!

Can you describe yourself in three words?
Absolute lunatic, sometimes! (Editor note – my favourite answer to this question so far!)

And finally, what do you know about Crest and what do you hope to achieve in your time here?
Crest does a lot of good for our community. There’s lots going on with the shops and the fixing of the white goods and there’s other departments too. From what I’ve seen everyone here seems to work closely and gel well. There’s definitely a family feel here, and because it’s a small local organisation you feel that the staff and volunteers actually enjoy working here. I’m looking forward to joining the team and hit the ground running!

Thanks for your time Craig and all the best in your time with us at Crest!