Face to Face With Jason McCabe

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20 Aug Face to Face With Jason McCabe

This Month: Jason McCabe
Commercial Director, Clayton Glass Ltd.

Jason McCabe is the commercial director of Clayton Glass, the company behind the innovative SMARTGLASS® brand for technically advanced, dedicated conservatory glazing. In his spare time he’s a great lover of the all things outdoors.

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Where you were born and live, currently…
I was born in the small market town of Guisborough, North Yorkshire, but subsequently have moved around the UK a little with work commitments. I now live in the small village of Wylam, Northumberland, about 10 miles West of Newcastle on the River Tyne.

Your education and the subject or activity in which you excelled…
I always loved the sciences at school, naturally progressing to ‘A’ levels and then on to a Technology and Management Science Degree at Bradford University. This was a four year multi-disciplinary engineering based sandwich course and given the huge advances in glass technology over the last 20 years, a lot of those skills genuinely come in handy in the broad ranging role I currently hold.

Your favourite sports or interests…
I’m a great lover of the great outdoors, living just an hour or so away from the Lake District which I often feel is my second home and ever since I could drive a car I’ve taken every opportunity to head off there. In April this year I was delighted to lead a group of 10 colleagues from Clayton Glass on a trip up 791metres to the summit of Grizedale Pike, a considerable achievement for most of them as novice walkers.

I’m also a massive lover of cooking having worked in several kitchens in my younger years and it’s a passion that has extended right throughout my life.

Your biggest regret in life…
Not my fault, but in a motorbike accident aged 18, I broke both legs, both arms, my neck, hip, you name it. It was horrific at the time but I recovered almost completely however and other than not playing Rugby for England and the odd Olympic Gold I don’t think I’ve missed out on too much!

Someone or something that inspires you…
Living as I do in the birthplace of George Stevenson, I often find myself looking back to the engineering giants of the Victorian era and notably Isambard Kingdom Brunel. What I admire about him the most is his huge pioneering spirt, self-confidence, and sheer bloody minded determination to get the job done. His work may now look like agricultural technology, but nevertheless in many cases 200 years later, still forms a part of our modern infrastructure.

In the sporting arena I think it’s hard not be inspired by Ronnie O Sullivan, one of a very few people who I’d would describe as true genius and the most naturally gifted player ever to pick up a cue.

The temptation you can’t resist…
To be fair I can’t resist any temptations, so I just tend to do it anyway and try to offset to compensate elsewhere. Like most of us I do enjoy a few beers, but the love of the outside world also helps me burn the calories, so I guess it equals itself out.

YOUR CAREER
When and how you joined this industry…
I started in this industry on a graduate trainee scheme at Darby Glass Scunthorpe, head office in July 1994, it was a large factory and hands on education with my first job cutting thousands of metres of 10mm bus shelter glass on the factory floor. I went on to work at various sites within the group until I moved back home to head up their Newcastle operation from where I joined Clayton Glass as operations manager in 2001.

Basically I’ve been part of the glass industry for 21 years and in 2003 I was promoted to my current position as commercial director for Clayton Glass, working alongside managing director, Ryan Green. I’m proud that although I’ve had many roles, I’ve been able to remain loyal to my employers, which number just two throughout my career.

The job you do in 25 words…
My core responsibility is the sales, marketing and customer services activities of Clayton Glass, in both standard IG and our class leading roof brand.

Your greatest achievement…
I work to live, and therefore from a personal point of view my wife, young son and the life we lead together is undoubtedly what I am proudest of. But from a business perspective I’ve always had a goal of being appointed a company director by the age of 40, so achieving this 5 years early was a milestone in itself, made even more satisfying within the confines of a £15million pound company that I’ve helped to build over the past 15 years.

The mistake you’d like to correct…
To be honest, and don’t take this as arrogance but I’ve not really made any mistake that I’d like to correct. As long as I made the decision in good faith and not at the detriment of others, you just need to live with the consequences, regardless if that turns out to be problematic and in hindsight ill-advised.

The talent that you’d like to enhance…
For the first time in years I’ve been learning a new skill and this summer with my wife completed our RYA level 2 keelboat qualification. Sailing a 3 tonne 12 metre yacht at speed amongst amazing scenery is certainly a new and exhilarating experience and one which I’d like to develop as a family pastime over many years to come.

AND YOUR FUTURE
What you would like to do if you weren’t in the industry…
I’d love to own and run my own small restaurant in a village in somewhere in the Northumberland or North Yorkshire countryside. It sounds grandeur, but I guess the hours wouldn’t be…

A particular ambition…
From a business perspective I’d like consumers to ask for SMARTGLASS® by name and to be able to continue delivering industry-leading products at Clayton Glass for the remainder of my career. We’re already working on something quite revolutionary for the FIT Show.

The way you want to be remembered…
Simply as a genuine and honest person who was loyal and true to his friends, family and employers. A hardworking family man who loved and experienced the great outdoors through many different facets.