Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Meeting With. Steven Lee, Managing Director of Wallsend's Barrier Ex Ltd

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Meeting With. Steven Lee, Managing Director of Wallsend's Barrier Ex Ltd

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Byline: Steven Lee

What is the best thing about your job? Without doubt, it's the variety. It's great being part of a team shaping the development of a new business across three divisions. No two days are the same; one day we are dealing with a Network Rail project in London and the next a hazardous area project in the Middle East. The team I'm working with are all highly skilled and motivated and there's a great buzz about the workplace. I would say there's a decent balance between working very hard and at the same time still enjoying the work.

What is your proudest achievement? I would like to think that is yet to come.

When it is all said and done I want my proudest achievement to be Barrier transitioning into the leading player in the industry for commercial and industrial LED lighting, trackside electrical engineering solutions and hazardous area products.

What advice would you give to someone starting in your career? Don't underestimate the amount of time, effort and personal sacrifice required to get the business to where you want it to be.

Which individual has inspired you most and why? I will probably get a hard time off my friends for saying this, but I would have to say, without a shadow of a doubt, my wife Angela. Without her support I would not be able to invest the time and effort that goes into the business. As well as being extremely supportive, she's very patient!

What's the best piece of advice you've been given? "Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it is time to pause and reflect". My wife imparted this advice upon me a few years ago. I was really impressed and thought it was a real pearl of wisdom. However, she later burst the bubble by confessing she had stolen the quote from a certain Mark Twain. That said, it's a bit of advice that's proving to be particularly relevant to our research and development projects; we're always looking to innovate.

What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career so far? …

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