Interview – Tony Hope

My name is Tony Hope and I have been employed by Calsonic Kansei since 1990.

I started my career in CK working in the Synchronised delivery area and my duties included picking, loading and delivering exhaust systems to our customer Nissan Motor Manuftacuring UK. I later moved into the production areas as an operator / welder, manufacturing various exhaust systems throughout the plant.

Calsonic’s culture has taught me the importance of team work, customer satisfaction, flexibility, high quality standards and continuous improvement.

In 1992 a new process arrived on site known as Muffler Box Assembly and further to my request to get involved as part of the set up team, I I joined others in ensuring the set up ran smoothly and was soon promoted to Team Leader in the area.

Working with great people from all levels and departments the project was developed and has since been a vital part of our business. I developed my knowledge and skills across all areas of Manufacturing and was fortunate enough to be supported in my role with some excellent training from CK. I was also given the opportunity to work on new projects for 2 years, being involved from design release through to the implementation of new processes for the Micra and Primera vehicles.

2008 brought some structural changes to the company and with it new opportunities. I successfully applied for the role of Manufacturing Co-Ordinator and this brought fresh challenges. With the job came a lot more responsibility and it gave me the opportunity to learn from some more senior people in the company, allowing me to develop further and gain confidence in my position. Thankfully I have been lucky with all the teams I have worked with over the years and every single person has helped me develop in some way. In my Team Leader and Co-Ordinator roles I received further training in Leadership, Management, Communication, Problem Solving etc and in 2010, I gained a nationally recognised qualification through ILM – Institute of Leadership and Management.

My latest and most exciting career change to date came in January 2012 when I was lucky enough to be offered a secondment into Health and Safety. Once again I am fortunate enough to be working with some fantastic, knowledgeable, professionals who have been very supportive to me in my role.

There is something different every single day in Health and Safety but more importantly I am learning all the time and I get the opportunity to face many new and different challenges as we move forward. The experiences I have gained in 10 months have been fantastic but I am under no illusions that there is still a long way to go in my Health and Safety development role. Thanks to the company policy of investing in employee training and education, I am currently studying for my NEBOSH qualification with further plans for an Environmental qualification early next year.