Celebrating our 50th Anniversary: Mark McCallum Interview
As we continue to highlight our staff during our 50th Anniversary celebrations, this month we shine a light on Mark McCallum, our Operations Group Manager. As he has been with the company now for 12 and a half years we caught up with him to take a look at his role and the interesting hobbies he has outside of work.
Tell us a little bit about your role and what a typical day might look like?
My day to day involves managing/conducting final test, customer support, installations and service work for our spectroscopy products. I have a team of nine wonderful Product Engineers, Technicians & Managers who help support our worldwide customer base. Normally I have up to four engineers travelling worldwide at any given time, but COVID-19 restrictions have curtailed our travel over the past 12 months, so it’s been nice to have the resource and team in the office.
During your time with the company what have you enjoyed the most?
I enjoy the culture, friendliness and openness of working at Edinburgh Instruments. The products and our customers are a pleasure to work with and our products are most often used to do good. Our customers research cancer, energy consumption, modern materials, green technologies and life sciences which makes me very happy.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I spend all of my spare time with my family and children and doing things outdoors. I enjoy triathlons, running, cycling, camping as well as relaxing listening to music or reading a book.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
Something most people don’t know about me is that I am a beekeeper and have 4 hives. I make honey for my friends and family and enjoy helping the environment. I can also run 5km in under 19m (on a good day)!
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Relaxing with my family.
Do you have any goals you would like to achieve for 2021?
I’d like to help contribute towards the continued growth of the business and market as well as make things easier for us to achieve our goals at Edinburgh Instruments. I’d like to visit key customers and try to keep all of our customers happy – those are the most important things. On a personal level I’d like to get back to watching live music and travelling to the sunshine with my family and eating nice foreign food.
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