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Staff Profile – Lee Bullen

Lee joined the company in 1997 as a take-off forklift truck driver under the previous company name of Modelboard. After a couple of years working in the department he moved to loading the wagons. During his time in this role the company changed from Modelboard to Mondi. During a re-structure, Lee was promoted to become Finished Goods Team Leader in charge of all the forklift truck drivers.

After a short time running the department there was a need to expand the role further to include the supervision of the transport clerks and to oversee the working relationship with the haulage company. This advanced further to include the working relationship with the pallet suppliers.

Lee then took on the role of Transport and Reel Stores Supervisor, a predominantly office based role, allowing him to ensure that systems were in place both in transport and the reel stores, ensuring that both were spotless and very well organised with more accurate control of paper stocks.

After carrying out the role for a short time there was a requirement to oversee the engineering department, alongside transport and reels stores, at which point Lee then became Corrugated Services Manager.

In 2007 both Lee and Eric Marshall, Operations Manager were tasked with Project Crest which turned the single knife corrugator in to a duplex knife corrugator. Later that year this was followed up with a second project whereby all of the materials handling were completely replaced, both of these installations went very well and allowed Preston to keep improving output at the site year on year.

2007 saw another change in ownership to the current name of Board24, changes in personal saw Eric running the Preston operations with the support of Lee, which has been the case ever since.

In 2014 a consideration for the installation of a second corrugator at the Preston site took place. To include a new extension to the building to house the corrugator and all of the required service rooms. Following extensive research throughout Europe to assess different manufacturers of corrugators, it was decided that the BHS was the right fit for the business. The project was approved and the new corrugator commissioned in October 2015. At the end of 2015 the site ran four shifts, increasing in August 2016 to five shifts, then six shifts from September 2016. The Preston management team continue to work hard on other projects further enhancing the service and quality of products produced.

Lee is married to Julie and has a son (Alex, 17) and daughter (Nicole, 13), who are both into motorsport. Lee is a keen motorsport fan, having had motorbikes since he was young and eventually went motorbike racing in 2002, which he really enjoyed for about four years before taking a break until 2011 when he entered a car race in his Subaru Impreza, after this he was hooked! He did a few more races in 2012 and won a couple of trophies; in 2013 he won the Time Attack UK Club championship. After the last race of the year he travelled to Holland to a track called Zandvoort were he entered a one off champions of Europe event, managing to come second in class and fourth overall which was a great end to the year. He is still very keen and is hoping to do another race either toward the end of this year or possibly enter the full championship again 2018.

He is also a lifelong Evertonian (Everton FC fan), he was brought up a blue as all his family are from the area of Everton and are all mad on their team!

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