Name: Eric J Enston
Job: Owner of Cutlass Technologies Ltd
Education: Caernarvon Grammar School - I abandoned A-level studies following death of my father
Family: Married to Jayne with three children Max 16, Alex 13 and Josephine 12. Three grown-up children Laura, Emma and James from a previous marriage.
There is no such thing as an average day in my business. The next job is just a phone call away. The company motto is ‘never give up’ and the golden rule is – no meetings!
I specialise in releasing seized valves using a machine I invented 17 years ago.
I travel all over the country sometimes driving over 500 miles in one day.
I am accompanied on every job by colleague Tom Hyslop who has worked for me for three years.
He is the most reliable, hardworking person I have ever known.
Many mornings we are on the road at 3am and when we arrive on site we just work until the valve is free.
Tea breaks and lunch seem to pass up by as we become totally engrossed in the challenge.
My clients usually call me when they are in serious trouble any time of the day or night.
Two years ago I was called to a major incident on a Friday evening.
A large water main had burst just off junction 13 of the M1. The water could not be switched off as the nearest valve which had not moved for 40 years was seized in the open position.
Upon reaching the site I was greeted by the head of operations who said: “Eric if you cannot shut this one by 4am it’s going to cost us £½ million.”
The pressure to get the job done is enormous but I love it and thrive on it. I closed the valve at 2.30am much to everyone’s relief.
Many of my clients call me the Valve Whisperer and one or two even refer to me as Red Adair. I am not sure if this is a compliment as he is dead!
I live in Burwardsley with my third wife Jayne.
We have been married for 17 years so I must have got it right this time!
Our children Max 16, Alex 13 and Josephine 12 attend Christleton High School.
My spare time is spent converting the old milking parlour at our farm into our new home.
Weekends are spent go-kart racing with Alex driving. Max is the mechanic, Josephine is the timekeeper and I am the team manager. Jayne provides the glamour.
In the summer I sometimes find times to play with my boys toys, my three Ferraris.
My other passion in life is Georgian furniture – elegant furniture built by great craftsmen without the high tech tools of today.
What do you wear to do your job? White disposable overalls. We look like something from CSI.
What is the favourite part of your job? The look on peoples faces when we free a valve.
What is the least favourite part of your job? The smell from the sewage works.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? Restoring Ferraris
How do you relax when you are not working? I play tennis on a 2 + 2 basis - two hours on court, two hours in the pub.
What is your favourite film? Rush
What is your favourite book? Early Georgian furniture 1715-1740.
What is your favourite song? Highway to Hell by AC/DC.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Mark Wahlberg.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? Not yet but I think my children will provide it one day.
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