Sunday, July 3, 2022

Time Out: Simon Evans, Regional Business Manager, Lubrizol

The weekend has crept up on us once again. That means it’s time for some quickfire questions with another business leader from our region.

For this week’s ‘Time Out’ we caught up with Simon Evans, who has worked at Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, for more than 30 years. He is a Regional Business Manager with responsibilities for a team across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

My wife and I like to acknowledge the Swedish celebration of a Friday night. This is called “fredagsmys” and basically refers to the practice of relaxing on the sofa with friends and family (in a Covid friendly way of course) and watching TV, eating Tacos, pick n mix and snacks. There’s nothing better.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy many things as hobbies, notably walking – which has become even more real during the current situation; I loved doing Beat the Street (thanks Derby for making that happen), plus going to antiques fairs as I am an avid horologist and have been building a collection for a little while now. Apart from that we love seeing our grandchildren (and children of course), and family meals either in the garden or preferably at an Indian restaurant.

What is your favourite movie?

It has to be The Man In The White Suit – this starred Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker and Joan Greenwood – there are a lot of parallels to join here with the current world; the basic part of the story is that an altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labour realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons. If you have 85 minutes to spare one evening I’d encourage you to watch it!

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

I began life in the Army, and that gave plenty of options; if I wasn’t doing what I am doing today then I’d have chosen a career in the police force.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Wow, what a question! I’d like to have the superpower of creating water in areas of the world in drought.

What is your favourite genre of music?

Are The Beatles a genre? I am a huge Beatles fan, but other than that anything 1960’s is good for me; we were lucky enough to see The Rolling Stones a couple of years back – brilliant.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

I’d like to go to 2050 to see how the reality of the future we are building now looks; with a passion for sustainability, for alternative powered vehicles, and seeing so much talk on these topics, I’m keen to see if we will be in the right place by that time.

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