In the hot seat

David Givan, Director of meat wholesaler James Givab

David Givan, Director of meat wholesaler James Givan

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I joined the family business at 17. I am very proud to be fourth generation in the company. I started on the factory floor and worked from the ground up, learning the ropes along the way. I am now company director. My main role is product development and sales.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE?

My day starts bright and early at 5.30am. I like to get ahead of the game and get into the factory early every day. I divide my time between meeting our customers on a regular basis to get feedback on ideas that we have in the pipeline and new product launches. Otherwise, I am sourcing new business.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?

Having started working in the company from such a young age, becoming director was definitely the highlight. It was exciting to be in a position to have a real input into the direction we wanted to take the business.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

People. I am a real people person. I love to meet with our customers, checking in to see how things are going. Meeting with potential new customers gives me the biggest buzz.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT TASK?

Product innovation. Constantly coming up with new ideas for our product range. We are always on the lookout for new products and markets.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

I know its cheesy but ‘worrying doesn’t solve your problems, it is the problem’.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST GRIPE?Bureaucracy and the ever-increasing paper work involved in running a food company.

WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?

I would love to be musical. I come from a musical family but the music gene has passed me over. I’m hoping my sons might have got it instead.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS/AMBITIONS?

To go further afield and increase our export business.

WHOM DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?

People who rise from the ashes. I admire people who never give up, who pick themselves up and start again.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE?

The Ionian Sea in Greece. I have sailed there many times. It is spectacular.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD PRODUCT?

Since having children, definitely fish fingers. It’s my signature dish when it’s my turn to feed the kids.

HOW DO YOU RELAX?

For me, relaxation is either an afternoon on my bike or a long lunch with family and friends.

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