Meet the Team - David Weatherall
Tell us a little about yourself, non work you.
I’m a tall Englishman who is married to Judith and father to my 1yr old son, Eddie. I am a big football fan, and support Cambridge United. In my spare time I play football for New Santos, and enjoy DIY and working on my 1990 VW Mk2 Golf GTI. I also bake in my spare time – mastered sourdough during lockdown 1.0.
What is your job at Fibrus and how did you get into this area of work?
My role is PIA Admin Team Lead, I lead a team of 8 PIA Admin staff who work tirelessly in the background to keep the relationship between Openreach and Fibrus ‘sweet’. PIA is a product by Openreach that allows Fibrus to ‘rent’ Openreach’s infrastructure (ducts & poles) and out our own equipment on them. I got into this area of work through BT/Openreach – working in BT customer service for 2 years and gaining an interest in the telecoms sector. Moving to Openreach I worked in the PIA Network Adjustments team for over a year, which in turn led me to make the switch to Fibrus.
Are there any particular qualifications/experience/skills needed to do your job?
My experience working in Openreach and PIA in particular was useful moving into Fibrus. I had an in depth understanding of the product, rules and regulations that Fibrus have to follow. Understanding data analysis is also useful, along with good time management. Communication skills are also useful, you have to be able to manage expectations whilst ensuring that Openreach are kept well informed with what Fibrus are doing in their network.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
PE / Food Technology – why? Because I like to play football and cooking!
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a footballer.
What does a typical day entail?
We have a catch up call every morning at 9am for about 15mins – then my day consists of answering queries from my team, Build teams, Openreach whilst ensuring that all data is collated. I’m also involved in coaching within my team. My role involves me working with our design teams to make sure that PIA rules and regulations are kept up dated during the design process.
What are the best and most challenging aspects of the job?
Best: having sight of the process of all projects and working with almost all areas of Fibrus. I love that I can go from call to call and deal with a multitude of departments within our company.
Challenging: Working with all projects that have different processes in place can be tricky, understanding how the PIA product falls into each project comes with its challenges.
Why is what you do important?
The PIA product from Openreach allows us to utilise the network that’s already around the UK, meaning that we can rent their equipment from them. This ultimately allows us to reduce the overall build cost.
How would your colleagues describe you?
A sense of humour, approachable and hard working.
What is the one piece of advice you would give yourself on your first day?
Take time to get to know the whole flow of the build process from beginning to end. Also understand that there is a lot of jargon to learn!
Tell us one interesting fact about you that might surprise us
I once won a pair of shoes from the Clarks Instagram account.