Martin Covell has worked at RFS for around six years, starting as a Fitter and then gradually working his way up to Supervisor, where he was responsible for not only supervising the office installation team out on site, but also learning about new products and then sharing that knowledge with the rest of the team.
After more than 20 years in the furniture industry, Martin has finally decided it’s time to hang up his tools and leave RFS and indeed, the sector. On his last day, we took the time to catch up with Martin and learn more about his time at RFS and what – or who – he will miss the most.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced whilst working at RFS, and how have you overcome it?
There have been a few challenges over the years on certain jobs, but you overcome them by just finding a way around it. I don’t see things as challenges. I see them as minor problems and work around them.
What has been a highlight for you whilst working at RFS?
Every day has been good. I’ve been in this game a long time; I’ve worked for many other furniture companies, and RFS is one of the best I’ve ever worked for. The management are brilliant people, and the guys I work with are all great.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during your time here, and what advice would you give to the next person coming into your role?
I’d tell them to make sure they take note of what other people are doing and try to learn from them.
Which team member would you say has had the most significant impact on your time at RFS, and who will you miss the most?
Barry has probably had the biggest impact because when I first came to RFS, he was in HR, and he was the one who employed me; I’ve always had a good working relationship with him. I’m going to miss all the guys; being out on-site with them every day, we get on with the job, but we have a laugh as well. I’m a bit of a joker, and lots of the guys have said they’ll miss me because my jokes make the day go easier.
Jerry Dean and Mark Cronk, Co-Directors of RFS, commented: “Martin has been a well-liked and respected part of the team, and he will be missed. We want to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work throughout his time at RFS and wish him all the luck in the world for the future.”