When did you join the company and what is your current job title?

I joined TCE in June 2011. My current job title is Wetside Operations Co-ordinator at British Salt.

The Wetside section of the process includes the brinefields, steam & power generation, brine purification and the evaporation plant.

The function of the Wetside process is to extract our raw material, salt, as brine via solution mining. This brine is then purified to remove mineral impurities in order to ensure compliance with our food grade specification. We then boil the purified brine under vacuum to form undried salt at 3% moisture content, ready to be dried and graded in our Dryside plant. 

What does your current role involve?

I’m responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Wetside plant and I’m also the Wetside team’s line manager. The role ensures that the salt we make is being produced safely, at the right volume, cost and quality.  It also involves a great deal of interaction with our engineering teams. 

What attracted you to TCE initially?

I was attracted to TCE due to the history of the company which has had a major influence on Northwich and surrounding areas for over 100 years. It was clear that there would be opportunities to learn and progress and that has certainly been the case. I started as a shift process operator in the lime plant at our Lostock site and then moved into a secondment role as the Laboratory Manager.

Following this, I worked in the technical team at our Sodium Bicarbonate Plant at Winnington and in 2015 I moved into the Operations Coordinator role at Middlewich. I’ve since managed the Brinefield, Dryside and now the Wetside teams.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I’m lucky to be working in a business which has shown a clear ambition to continue to grow and invest and I’m proud to have been a part of the journey over the past eight years. The future looks very bright here and I’m looking forward to playing my part in the ongoing success of the business.

I enjoy working with the individuals in my team. I get most satisfaction from helping others to grow and learn. We have a great group of people at TCE who are very knowledgeable and passionate about their roles. 

What have been your biggest achievements to date at TCE?

In 2013 I was proud to represent TCE at the TATA Chemicals global ICON event, our annual Lean Six Sigma project competition. Since then I’ve supported several colleagues through the same process of developing, executing and presenting their own projects and I’ve found this to be even more satisfying.

Has the company changed since you joined?

It is taking an increasingly modern approach, a great example of this is our HR systems.  These have moved from paper format to a centralised web- based service.  TCE has also launched a great leadership development programme that ensures people are supported through their career.