Saint-Gobain Ecophon, the company which develops, manufactures and markets acoustic products and systems that contribute to a good working environment by enhancing peoples’ wellbeing and performance, has welcomed a new Area Manager for Northern Ireland. Davina Bradley took up her position in May and is excited about the challenges that lie ahead.
Name: Davina Bradley.
Tell us about your career to date: I am originally from South Africa but my family has deep roots in Northern Ireland. My great grandfather, who was from Castlederg, was a school principal in Millbrook outside Larne before he moved to South Africa. My grandfather stayed in Northern Ireland to complete his studies in mechanical engineering at Queen’s University. He worked in Harland & Wolff for a short period before re-joining his family in South Africa. He met my grandmother, got married and started a family. I’ve always worked in the construction industry, mainly on the tool and fixings side but I am really excited about the new opportunities and learning new skills and a new part of the construction industry. I worked mainly in South African but I also lived and worked in Northern Ireland between 1998 and 2003 but I am delighted to be back in Northern Ireland – it feels like home and I am excited about the new challenge.
What attracted you to the Northern Ireland Area Manager Position: Put simply Ecophon – the company as a whole and what it stands for. Room acoustics is an integral part of a great working environment which benefits people and the environment. I believe that if you have a passion for what you do and believe in your product and company it comes across to the customer. A number of my family members were teachers, working in classrooms with poor acoustics and I often wonder if that attributed to health issues for them. I am now passionate about spreading the positive impact good acoustics can have on our lives.
How will your previous experience help you in this position: I learned very early in my career to treat customers how I would like to be treated and I always endeavour to go one step further for my clients. My experience in developing and maintaining customer relationships and the desire and passion to help customers fulfil their requirements is vitally important.
What does your new position involve: I will be developing relationships in the market from architects through to the end-user. I will also be creating awareness of the importance of acoustics in the office, classroom or healthcare facility and helping people get the best out of these spaces.
What will success look like: Delivering more than is expected of me, having a positive impact on the lives of others and the environment and helping achieve happy, healthy spaces. – having “a sound effect on people”.