Meet the Staff

  • Paul Robinson

    Paul Robinson

    Managing Director

    What is your favourite thing about your role at FASTSIGNS?

    Sounds cheesy... but I get my biggest buzz from happy customers. When clients are happy with our work and the service that we provide, then we have done our job correctly.

    What’s the most memorable project you’ve worked on in your career?

    I am a huge fan of Formula 1 and at the tail end of the 1980’s, I was manufacturing and (sometimes) installing the race car and transporter graphics to the Camel Team Lotus Honda for the 99T car, when the driver pairing was Ayrton Senna and Satoru Nakajima. My first job for Lotus was to install vinyl graphics on Senna’s racing helmet.

    Around that time I became a sales person and went out on the road to sell to both Team Lotus and Braun Tyrrell Honda. I always found those calls to be the most glamorous.

    What do you like to do outside of work?

    Outside of work, I play guitar, largely for relaxation. But, over lockdown, I challenged myself to learn to play and sing simultaneously. I even recorded some songs and unleashed them to the world on Facebook and YouTube. Sorry to anyone that saw my little videos, but I enjoyed it!

    Favourite Artist

    I love Pop-Art. My favourite artist and a personal hero of mine is Sir Peter Blake, famous for designing The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ LP cover. I was fortunate enough to meet him a few years ago and he is a true gentleman as well as being a fabulous artist. I am very lucky to have a few pieces of his work in my small collection.

  • Dave Thomas

    Dave Thomas

    Regional Sales Manager

    How long have you worked in the print industry?

    I have worked in the sign industry for the last 13 years and previously in the print industry for over 30 years so there are not many sign solutions that I haven’t come across. I am always keen to support the customer’s vision to create the right visual communication for their business.

    What’s the most memorable project you’ve worked on?

    GB Railfreight had a new office based in Peterborough and I was commissioned for their outdoor illuminated letters on the side of their building, so their workforce and train drivers could see this from the trackside. The illuminated letters were 2m by 2.5m and this project took over 18 months from start to finish.

    What is your favourite holiday destination?

    Sorrento, amazing scenery and the food is out of this world. Sorrento is a place you can go back to and discover new places and never a dull moment, worth a visit!

    What do you do outside of work?

    I enjoy playing golf with my friends over the weekend and on most days after work I practice playing my cornet. Being part of a brass band, I have been privileged enough to play in the Albert Hall on several occasions. Lockdown has limited our performances as a band, but now we are hoping to get back into group practise with performances resuming in the autumn.

  • Gabriela Chandler

    Gabriela Chandler

    Marketing/Office Manager

    How long have you worked at Fastsigns?

    I have recently joined the team at Fastsigns and I am excited to learn everything about signage! I have had a variety of marketing roles in my career and I have recently left the education sector to concentrate on raising brand awareness of Fastsigns within the greater Peterborough area. In this role I will be extending the Fastsigns brand but also helping local businesses to maximise their brand potential.

    What’s the most memorable brand you have worked on?

    I have been very lucky to work on many events and conferences worldwide and each has its own flare and requires impeccable organisation. Once the event is over and everything runs seamlessly and the guests leave happy you know all that hard work has paid off.

    What do you like to do outside of work?

    I have a very busy family life with 3 young children and if I am not going to dancing or gymnastic classes (pre lockdown), I do enjoy running and the outdoors. Lockdown has really improved my running abilities and I hope to complete a marathon in 2021, watch this space.

    Do you have a favourite film?

    I do love a musical! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a firm favourite to brighten up my day or the Greatest Showman has a fantastic score. Both are worth a watch on a rainy day with a big tub of popcorn and ice cream.

  • Liam Liam

    Production

    What is your favourite thing about your role at FASTSIGNS?

    I really enjoy being out on site, fitting the graphics and signage and seeing the finished article. It’s nice to be able to see a job through from creative to print to installation.

    What print job is the hardest to do?

    I have not come across anything I have found too difficult to do. Thankfully, I always have Richard who has vast experience on hand to advise and coach when I need support. . However, my worst trait is I procrastinate when it comes to plotting out the jobs as it’s my least favorite task to do.

    If you had a super hero power what would it be and why?

    Ooh so many choices, I think if I could, I would really like to be invisible. I am not sure I would use the power of invisibility for the greater good, but I would certainly have a lot of fun and become very rich.

    Favourite Film?

    I am a huge fan of Al Pacino films and Calito’s Way is my favourite by far. An American crime film based on the books I have not yet read Carlito’s Way and After Hours.

    The film stars Pacino as Carlito Brigante, a criminal who vows to go straight and to retire in paradise. However, his past proves difficult to escape, and he unwittingly ends up being dragged into the same activities that got him imprisoned in the first place.

    A great watch and one I have seen many times.