Newbery Staff Blog: Martyn Swift June 25 2014
I have not been a part of the Newbery family for long, but I have already had a huge impact on products, sales and plans for the future. Newbery legend Michael Gould – son of the umpire Ian Gould – has taken me under his wing. I originally began as chief sticker operator at the company; the only previous experience I had was from the Panini sticker albums that I completed as a child. I am now rivalling the great Neil Lenham in my stickering ability.
I have recently been handed the role of head of repairs, which is a huge honour and clearly shows the faith that the company has in me. I have really made the role my own by completely revolutionising how the repairs are managed. I manage and update the repairs database and also control minor repairs such as toe guards, grips and scuff sheets.
In my young cricketing career I have achieved many great things, some of which will compete with, and even better, the achievements of the others in the Newbery office. I play for Worthing CC where I open the bowling for our second XI and I am trying to break into the first XI this season. As a junior, I captained the Worthing U16 side to two consecutive Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Final victories at Arundel Castle in 2011 and 2012. I also captained the U11 team to our first Festival Final back in 2007. This season I recorded my highest ever score of 148 and have taken 14 wickets at an average of 8.04. I hope to continue to perform at this standard and cement a place in the first XI.
Playing at club level and being the youngest member at Newbery means I am best suited to deal with club players and can give great advice to juniors on kit. I have also picked up key information from Michael about our range of different bats, which I can pass on to customers.
Everyone at Newbery has been great with helping me settle in and I really enjoy working here. I hope to continue my good work and look forward to helping the company develop and grow.