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Meet The Team - Ben Entwistle
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Meet The Team - Ben Entwistle

Welcome to our Meet the Team spot. This week we introduce you to another member of our Senior Leadership Team, Ben Entwistle. This spot lets you find out more about his role and responsibilities as well as getting to know a little bit about him as a person.

Ben is Head of Operations and has worked in the recycling and service industry for over 15 years, enjoying the commercial side of the business, networking and seeking out innovation.

He’s an avid Blackburn Rovers fan, through thick and thin, but enjoys watching pretty much any sport. He also enjoys reading business books, eating out, sampling food from around the world, and spending time with his fiancée, daughter and 2 dogs.

We asked Ben a couple of questions….

Restore Datashred: What words of wisdom would you pass on to your younger self? 

Ben Entwistle: “We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” Although it’s not my quote, I think Arianna Huffington sums it up perfectly and at times, I wish I could have applied that method of thinking many years ago.


Restore Datashred: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

Ben Entwistle: I like spending time with my family, walking the dogs and eating out. From a personal point of view my ideal way of winding down is reading a good book, watching sports or a good series on Netflix.


Restore Datashred: What would your perfect day be? 

Ben Entwistle: My perfect day will be next year, when I marry my fiancée Nicola.


Restore Datashred: Who has influenced you the most when it comes to how you approach your work? 

Ben Entwistle: I’ve been very lucky to have worked with a number of great people, who have all had some form of influence on me. I’d like to think I have taken little ‘nuggets’ from each of them and used that to refine my approach to work.


Restore Datashred: How do you prefer to end your day? 

Ben Entwistle: Any way that allows me to clear my mind, so sitting down with the family, away from the phone and spending time not worrying about anything. It’s important we learn to ‘switch off’ every night.


Restore Datashred: If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would it be? 

Ben Entwistle: Currently it would be Tony Mowbray, Manager of Blackburn Rovers. There wouldn’t be much better than experiencing all aspects of the day to day for my team.


Restore Datashred: What book has influenced you the most? 

Ben Entwistle: There are two books, ‘From Good to Great’ by Jim Collins, in which there are so many valuable lessons to take away around leadership & ‘Black Box Thinking’ by Matthew Syed, as we often are disappointed with failures, but we can often learn more from our failures, than we can our success, some of the real life stories around marginal gains are fascinating.


Restore Datashred: What is your favourite thing about working at Datashred?

Ben Entwistle: That’s the easiest question yet, it’s absolutely the people. We have so many great people that all make us what we are today, the best in the marketplace!


Restore DS: Thanks, Ben, for taking some time out of your busy day to answer our questions! It’s been great getting to know a little about what makes you tick. 

Come back next week to get the inside story on another member of the Restore Datashred team – same time, same place!