Who We Are
We’re celebrating our people – the key workers connecting communities before and during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond as well – by highlighting the roles and those who carry them out, enabling the great service Royal Mail is known for. Our Who We Are campaign puts our people, from across the pipeline, at the heart of the business – which is exactly where they are.
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‘It really makes my day to see Jessie each morning, smiling and waving from her window. The pandemic has made me realise that we have an incredibly important role to play within our local communities as key workers.’
Place of work: Warminster Delivery Office
Since Covid-19 arrived, Julia has been raising money for charity, and helping to make the life of ‘Jessie’ – a very special six-year-old girl with a rare form of cancer – a little happier.
‘I do feel Fleet gets left in the background a little bit – but I think that’s changing. I believe the operation is really seeing the benefit of having our own in-house Fleet workshops to keep our vehicles on the road.’
Position: Workshop manager
Place of work: Leicester MPU
Luke says good communication plus a happy team is a winning formula for success – but he’d like to see Fleet get more of the recognition this hardworking and productive area of the business deserves!
‘We’re all in this together. It gives me a lot of pride to step up during this unprecedented time - that’s just who we are.’
Position: HR business partner
Place of work: Leicester MPU
Throughout the pandemic, Veesh has been supporting our Fleet workshop managers, deal with Covid-19-related absences and ensuring colleagues who have had to take time off, receive the proper support they need.
‘To me, Royal Mail means opportunity, variety and security. It’s a business that’s very different from the one I first joined, but it’s one I’m still immensely proud to work for.’
Position: Customer relationship manager
Place of work: Location independent
Adrian has worked in the Address Management Unit since 2008 – and after 37 years with Royal Mail, can still remember his first day with the business…‘It was raining!’
‘I’m lucky in that I have a lovely relationship with my customers. I’ve been a postwoman for more than 40 years, so I think that shows how much I love my job.’
Place of work: Sunderland Delivery Office
During the first lockdown, Judith rescued one elderly woman, who had been lying on her bedroom floor with a broken hip for more than 30 hours.
‘On my first day, I turned up at 08.00 thinking I was being keen and early, only to be told my delivery office shift started at 05.12 six days a week!’
Position: Business change manager
Place of work: Location-independent (base office: Pudsey Delivery Office)
Paul is part of our extensive network of colleagues who work tirelessly ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure the complex projects that drive our operation are delivered as smoothly as possible.
‘I really enjoy making people smile and laugh. I started doing all this to cheer people up whilst they couldn’t go out and see their friends and family…I’m not surprised by the reaction of people in Wales because there’s always such a great community spirit, but I am shocked to have so many fans around the world!’
Place of work: Pontypridd Delivery Office
She might hail from the small county town of Rhondda Cynon Taf, but that hasn't stopped Laura winning a legion of TikTok fans.
‘Royal Mail has played a huge part in my life and my career has never been boring. I have worked in numerous business units and functions, where I’ve met so many interesting people and a few lifelong friends.’
Position: Head of international network development
Place of work: Leeds Mail Centre
After more than 25 years working for Royal Mail, Adele is currently working closely with GLS to prepare for the challenges of Brexit.
‘I love my job. I love everything that Royal Mail gives me. We make a physical difference because we interact with people on a daily basis...we’re all about delivering a great service and keeping people in all our communities happy.’
Place of work: Swindon West Delivery Office
Paul thinks it’s important that colleagues play a central role in their communities – and not just during the pandemic. Recently, he was recognised as a community champion for the kindness and compassion he has shown to a vulnerable customer through Covid-19.
'Thomas reads Courier from cover to cover, keeping all the copies in a “safe place” away from his sister. He loves dressing up in his postie’s uniform and really enjoys going down to my office to see the vans and the “real postmen!”’
Place of work: North Liverpool Delivery Office
Kate loves her role. Her son Thomas thinks it’s pretty amazing too! In fact, ever since he could talk, Thomas (and his sister Sophie) have developed a love for Royal Mail. When they see one of our vans, they shout: “Mummy’s work!” They even have their own uniforms and hi-viz vests!
‘There have been unprecedented increases in traffic volumes across many of our technology services, driven by the pandemic...I think people who don’t work in service management would be surprised to learn about how much work has been completed behind the scenes.’
Position: Senior service manager
Place of work: Rowland Hill House
Vicky is responsible for operational delivery of all technology services in the Customer Experience, Channels and Data Portfolio. It’s her job to ensure that services are working as efficiently as possible for both her stakeholders and customers.
‘I felt very happy about helping this customer. It was very emotional. I almost started crying myself. It’s so unfortunate that we’re living in such unprecedented times. I’m just pleased I had an opportunity to help someone out.’
Position: Collection and delivery driver
Place of work: Parcelforce Gatwick local depot
Francis moved an elderly customer, who was down to his last can of food, to tears with his kindness when he went out of his way to deliver an evening meal and some provisions, paid for out of his own pocket.
‘Some days can be really challenging as we’re against the clock, but I have a lot of support. There’s a whole chain of people working together…If somebody asks me for help, I’ll make time for it if I can. It’s nice to end the week knowing I’ve done a good job.’
Place of work: Leeds Mail Centre
Nicola has been a pillar of Leeds Mail Centre for 25 years, working with every level of the business to offer support where she can. Throughout the pandemic, she has been helping to ensure that colleagues in delivery offices across Yorkshire have all the protective equipment they need.
‘I feel very proud to be able to represent Royal Mail as a postwoman. Being recognised and praised as a valuable key worker during the pandemic and being able to help so many people by continuing to deliver as normal a service as possible, is very special.’
Place of work: Crow Lane Delivery Office, Northampton
Marta’s customers in the village of Brixworth were so delighted with her constantly upbeat and cheery manner during lockdown, that they flocked to their village Facebook page to note their praise of everything she did to cheer them up.
‘I’m just a small cog in a larger machine; a small cog that’s helping to drive the engine, if you like. I’m honoured to be recognised for what I’ve done…My manager chose me to do the job, he trusted that I was capable of doing the job and I’ve done it.’
Place of work: National Distribution Centre
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Paramjit has ensured that local care home residents and staff have been provided with the protective equipment they need.
‘I have enormous pride in working for Royal Mail. You go out and speak to people about what they do, and they’re genuinely complimentary about what we do as a business, and what the brand means. Nothing signifies that more than what we’ve done during the pandemic.’
Position: Lead distribution manager
Place of work: National Distribution Centre VOC
Having started as a postman in Oxford 19 years ago, James now looks after the operation at NDC, one of the biggest hubs in the country.
‘I love working for Parcelforce. This is the best job I’ve ever had and I’m extremely proud to work here. It’s a great company to work for and I consider it a great public service.’
Position: Hub operative
Place of work: Parcelforce National Hub, Coventry
‘Delivering in Castlerock for 27 years has been something special. My wife Hilary is originally from Castlerock. Her father was a postman for 44 years and in fact, it was his job I got when he retired. It’s a lovely little village with equally lovely people residing there. I’ll miss doing this job, but no doubt, our paths will cross again.’
Place of work: Coleraine Delivery Office
Robert Ramsey MBE retired on Saturday 12 September after 40 glorious years of service, including 27 years faithfully serving the residents of Castlerock, a seaside village in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
‘Our office, like many, was short-staffed and unable to van share, so I picked up an extra round, working six days a week, including my rest day.'
Place of work: Pontypridd Delivery Office
Dewi Frelford, will be practising his swing on the prestigious Celtic Manor golf course for the next 12 months, after winning a year’s membership in recognition of his exemplary service during lockdown, when he volunteered to do two rounds every day to cover for an absent colleague.
‘Together with a couple of other drivers from Llanelli depot, I helped deliver more than 1,500 face shields…I was shocked that they had run out of protective equipment as there was none available. These people were right on the frontline doing everything they could to help protect us.'
Position: Delivery and collection manager
Place of work: Parcelforce Swansea local depot
Matt Davies went out of his way to deliver vital protective equipment to frontline NHS workers in Llanelli. He also ensured the elderly customers on his street had enough food during lockdown.
‘I think the qualities you need to do the job well are to be efficient in your role, be punctual, work as a team if working with people, be honest, be friendly and true to who you are as a person.’
Position: Mail sorter
Place of work: Tyneside Mail Centre
During lockdown, Sheila Kondragunta sang to care home residents and raised more than £3,266 by bidding farewell to her locks with a charity head-shave in aid of her local food banks in Gateshead and Newcastle.
‘I’m incredibly proud of my team for everything they did during lockdown. The team here are all committed to their job and their community and I’m proud of the passion they have to see this office succeed.’
Position: MPU manager
Place of work: Taunton Delivery Office
Dan Riddle and the team at Taunton Delivery Office have been truly exceptional over the past few months, not only coping admirably with the challenges of Covid-19 during lockdown, but also helping to raise more than £5,000 for their local NHS charity, Love Musgrove.
‘To be a good postie, I believe you need to have the ability to work as part of a team as well as comfortably by yourself. You need to be cheerful and pleasant and understand that you’re the only person some people see all day, so you need compassion.’
Place of work: Alnwick Delivery Office
Known as ‘Saint Lyne’ by her delivery office manager, Kenny Pattison, Lyne went above and beyond to help her local community during the Covid-19 pandemic - collecting items for her local food bank after work.
‘There was an advert asking if anyone was interested in cleaning the vehicles. I did all the units, rigids and vans. I gave them all a deep clean using this solution that kills coronavirus.’
Position: HGV driver
Place of work: Vehicle Operating Centre, National Distribution Centre
Kerry deep cleaned all the vehicles in the VOC and the entire fleet twice over, leading to employee relationship improvement