Chris Labrey, sales
director for UK and Ireland, ECS Group
Name: Chris Labrey
Current job: Sales
director for UK and Ireland at ECS Group.
What was your first ever
job?I opened a tuck shop from my desk aged seven. The
problem was I sold the sweets for the same price that I bought
them. I made a loss because I kept eating the stock! After
graduating, I worked for nCode International, a leading Computer
Aided Engineering (CAE) software house as new business manager.
Where is the best place to go
if you want to find out what’s really going on in the
office? Working in Richmond provides a wide variety of
public houses. We often go out as a team and chew the fat of the
What’s your favourite
restaurant? As a one off, it would have to be Rick Stein’s
Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. The whole meal was fantastic from
start to finish. Locally, Rump Kitchen in Putney is where I eat
regularly. It’s an excellent steak restaurant.
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What do you do at
weekends? When the football season is on, I religiously
drive to Manchester to see my beloved Man City. After 34 years
without a trophy, I really believe we can achieve something
Who is your mentor or role
model? The greatest influence on my leasing career would
be Guy Smith, the former sales director at ECS. He demonstrated how
to combine complex mathematics and sales leadership. I have a lot
to thank him for.
What’s one of the best things about
Every day is different, which means
that I always enjoy coming in the office in the morning. Working in
Richmond makes this even more enjoyable. Being part of an
international team is always interesting, especially when you pick
up hints and tips from your overseas peers.
If you weren’t in your current
job, what would you have been? I initially intended to be
a career submarine naval officer, so by now I might have been in
command of a Trident submarine. We can all breath a sigh on relief
on that one.
What’s your biggest
work/career mistake? Workwise, it was not moving to London
earlier than 2004, I languished in a small village in Derbyshire
for too long. This led to my other mistake, which was not to buy a
house when I got here. I eventually bought in 2007, which was
What cars do you
drive? A Range Rover Sport, it makes the long drive to
Manchester much easier.
What book are you currently
reading? I have just finished Unseen Academicals
by Terry Pratchett, I have read every book he has written. He is an
idol of mine.
What’s on your CD player or
MP3 player at the moment? I have varied tastes on my iPod
from Pink Floyd to trance music, although I am getting a bit old