Over a three month period we want to introduce you to the owners of Scott & Fyfe – the employees!
Therefore, each Wednesday we will be sharing one to one interviews with 12 of our employee owners so that you can get to know us a little better.
Now in the third week of our employee profiles, please meet Michelle Quadrelli, Business Director of our Pipe Fabric Technology POD.
Can you please tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
Hello, I am Michelle Quadrelli my role in the company is Business Director for our Pipe Fabric Technology POD. I am entrusted with the leadership of this business area and look after the customer base, performance and strategic growth. Market areas range from irrigation to infrastructure repair.
How long have you worked at Scott and Fyfe?
I have worked here for over 12 years now. As a Textile Design graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee University, I started working with Scott & Fyfe in 2003. Over that time I have worked in various roles. I started with the company as Sales & Marketing Assistant and progressed through our Sales & Marketing Department to Sales & Marketing Manager. I then moved into a Business Management role before taking on my current role as Business Director.
Have you seen many changes during your 12 years at Scott and Fyfe?
There have been a lot of changes during my time here. In fact I can’t think of many things that haven’t changed. The most significant changes I have seen has been our company structure and way of working along with the move to Employee Ownership.
Our change in structure allowed Scott & Fyfe to move from a traditional textile company to a design led enterprise with innovation at our core. I have moved from working within an enclosed single office environment to being based within an open plan inspiring innovation space working alongside colleagues from different areas, experience and backgrounds in multi-functional teams. The move from departments to our Pod Structure has also given me the opportunity to personally progress with my career and enabled me to start up a completely new business within Scott & Fyfe which focusses on Pipe Fabric Technology. All the products we make within this business area, we did not make 5 years ago and it has been the fastest growing business area within Scott & Fyfe.
Changing from family ownership to employee ownership has really supported our change in structure. Employees or should I say shareholders feel empowered to speak up and influence how the business is run and suggestions on improvements that could be made are welcomed. Returns on our efforts and hard work go straight back to us as individuals.
Is there anything interesting about yourself others may not know?
I was the Primary 7 badminton champion at school. I was also born with no knuckles for the pinkie fingers on both my hands, weird I know!
What has been the highlight of your time at Scott & Fyfe so far?
There has been many highlights at S&F however one of my main highlights was winning the Phillip Baxendale Employee Innovation Award in 2012. I was nominated by our chairman Nick Kuenssberg for the communications campaign that I put together for the announcement to our employees that we would be moving to employee ownership. It was a great campaign I was privileged to be involved with and as well as creating a separate website for employees on Employee Ownership, I also created boarding passes for each employee to receive during the announcement, which had tear off shareholder business cards and a ticket for their journey to employee ownership.