How did you get started in the trade and when was it?
I was coming to the end of a 26 year career in the Royal Marines with no idea what to do. Fortune favoured me as I bumped into a former marine who wanted to take on someone to teach to become a chimney sweep, and ultimately take over the round. I additionally attended the HETAS H003 course, and more in depth sweep training with The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps. In April 2016 I took over the round by myself, and have enjoyed my new career.
What do you like most about being a Chimney Sweep?
Every day is different, meet new people, and it’s also nice to return to regular customers and chat about what’s happened in their lives since my last visit. I also like the camaraderie between sweeps making lots of new friends and acquaintances during the various get together.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Leaving a property satisfied that I’ve done a good job, and the positive feedback I get.
What do you think makes you a good, trustworthy Chimney Sweep?
A strong moral compass. If I run across something I can’t deal with, I’ll arrange a solution – I won’t sweep it under the carpet.
What would you like potential customers reading this to know about you?
If you book me, you’ll get a first class and trustworthy sweep who will arrive on time.
What music or radio station do you listen to in your van?
Radio 2, Radio 6 Music, Absolute Radio, Radio X
Favourite book, Film, TV Series?
Too many to list. Currently enjoying Westworld and Legion on TV. Just read a great book about Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
When you’re not working what else do you like doing?
Support Exeter Chiefs with my son Rory, walk my dogs, consider the endless to-do list my wife presents me with.