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Coffee Break with Mathew Hancox

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Once a month, we share a morning coffee break with one of the Powerstar team to find out more insight into their day-to-day role and why they enjoy working within the Energy sector.

This month, we’ve caught up with Mathew Hancox, the General Manager of our Bromsgrove Site. Here’s what he had to say…

What was your first job role within the Energy Sector?

This is my first role in the energy sector, having previously served in the Royal Marines and holding a number of manufacturing, engineering and strategic positions at Jaguar Land Rover.

Describe a typical day at Powerstar

Having only joined the company very recently, I’m yet to define a ‘typical day’. So far, there have been so many new things to get to grips with and learn about, so every day has been very different.

What do you enjoy the most about working in Energy?

Energy is a very exciting sector to work in, due to the constant new developments. Energy efficiency has huge potential for the future, and will play a vital role in the wider global drive towards decarbonisation.

Are there any drawbacks to working in this sector?

This sector is all very new to me so learning the ins and outs of the energy sector is a challenge – otherwise I haven’t experienced any other drawbacks.

What’s your proudest achievement to date?

My most proud achievement was completing my MBA. I did this alongside juggling shift work and being a parent, at the same time that the COVID-19 pandemic was causing huge disruption in everyone’s lives.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

Where time allows, I like to cycle as much as possible. I cycle out on the road either as part of a group or solo.

Advancements in technology often cause significant changes in many industries, such as energy. What recent technological advances have had the biggest impact on your personal life?

Like any modern parent, keeping a close eye on my children’s screen time represents a challenge.

If you had to give one piece of advice to people seeking jobs in energy, what would it be?

Even if you are not an electrical engineer, you can still work in the energy sector. My advice would be that background reading is a great start to get some understanding of the sector and the importance of balancing energy costs, decarbonisation and resilience.

Why Powerstar?

Powerstar represents a fresh challenge in a growing business.

Describe Team Powerstar in 3 words

Driven, entrepreneurial, diverse.

Although only a few months into the role, Mathew has become a vital part of the Powerstar family, and we look forward to working with him for many years to come.


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