The chances are that if you drive a car, watch Formula 1, have been to Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport or driven through the Azerbaijan tunnel in Baku (granted not many of you may have done this one) that you have seen the work of Ian Booth.
But you won’t know you have seen it as it’s hidden.
Prior to joining Kellars (more on that shortly), Ian worked as an engineer specialising in surface-mount technology. This is method in which the electrical components are mounted directly onto the surface of a printed circuit board.
These circuit boards are then used to power various electronics.
In Ian’s case, his circuit boards were used in the safety critical systems of cars, to operate vital equipment such as air bags and cameras. So, if you are currently driving a Nissan, Volkswagen, Porsche, or Ferrari (again not many of you may be doing this), you have one of Ian’s circuit boards in your vehicle.
Of if you watch the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his boards are used to light up the Yas Marina hotel over the track; or the lights inside Terminal 5 at Heathrow, or the lights inside Baku tunnel in Azerbaijan and even electronic mouse traps.
So, what has this got to do with Kellars?
Well, that’s because Ian is now our Depot Manager at our depot in County Durham.
He joined us in summer 2020 after seeing the direction contract engineering was going, with much of the work now being one won by companies in countries like China.
Fancying a change of career, Ian applied for a role at Kellars and two quick promotions later he is now overseeing our depot operations.
It’s a role that he jokes is all about “what’s coming in and what’s going out”, but there is so much more involved.
Ian says: “We do need to manage the flow of products coming in and out of the depot, which may sound easy but it’s definitely not!
“With Kellars growing so quickly and still a relatively new company, I am working to fine tune the processes and to ensure the staff I manage in the depot are working smartly, but safely.
“When you consider we have hundreds of different products, you don’t need to be a mathematician, or engineer in my case, to know that represents a lot of stock and this needs to be handled effectively.
“I have OCD when it comes to processes and procedures; that’s the engineer in me!”
Outside of work, Ian, 43, enjoys watching rugby union (played to county standard when he was in his 20s), cycling and catching up with his friends.
He says he is excited to be at Kellars.
He adds: “Kellars is run by young, ambitious people who want to see the company grow, so that’s a perfect fit for me.”