Name: Jon Machon
Job Role: Operations Director
Q. How long have you worked at Technical Absorbents (TAL)?
I have worked for TAL since 2017 having transferred across from our sister acrylic fibres business, Bluestar Fibres, where I worked for the previous 15 years.
Q. If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do, what would it be?
I think my job title would be something like Route Planner, Translator & Enabler as I see my role as defining business strategies, translating those strategies and objectives into key deliverables for those within the operations team and ensuring the team has the necessary skills and resources available to do their job effectively.
Q. What are the values that drive you?
Honesty, integrity and trust are the core values that drive me. Working in operations requires you to interact with a diverse set of people in often complex and fast-moving environments. Trusting those you work with is fundamental to being an effective team and operating with honesty and integrity ensures those around you can trust you.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The best advice I have received was from the CEO of a company I was working for as an undergraduate. He said that you should always question what you are doing to ensure it is adding value. This is advice I still use on a daily basis as time is precious, so we need to use it effectively both at work and at home.
Q. Where's your favourite place you've travelled to?
I have been lucky enough to travel to many parts of the world and it is difficult to identify one that is my favourite as all are special in their own way, which makes travelling so interesting.
The one place that amazed me the most was Ankor Wat in Cambodia due to the size of the empire that once stood there, but more so, how such an empire could all but vanish and be overgrown by the rainforest.