Managing Director of Emballator UK Ltd, Gerard
Dibb passed his TEC, Higher National, NEBSS and
DMS at Bradford College.
Gerard began his career as an apprentice
worsted spinning supervisor at Courtaulds’
Westcroft Mills, attending College one day
per week to gain his Textile Education Council
“I first attended Bradford College after leaving school in 1979. They say that you always remember the good teachers you had at school, but I will always remember the lecturers at Bradford College. I particularly recall Malcolm Trickett, a textile lecturer who pulled me to one side after a modest set of results from my first 6 weekly phase tests. He told me that I wasn’t at school now and that he wasn’t going to chase me to work hard and achieve my potential, but if I didn’t work hard my employer may not want me and what I achieved at College and work in the next few years would go a long way to what I would achieve in life. I took note and merits and distinctions followed.”
In 1984 Gerard won the Worshipful Company of Woolmen’s prize awarded to the best part-time student at Bradford & Ilkley Community College. Having completed his 5 year apprenticeship he was promoted and later took a management trainee position at Smith Bulmer. He then took a manager’s post at Patons’ Black Rock Mill in charge of more than 80 people working 3 shifts and then became manager of George Inghams.
Gerard is now Managing Director of Emballator UK Ltd.
“I completed my TEC, Higher National, NEBSS and DMS at Bradford College and worked my way from apprentice supervisor to Supervisor, various levels of management to Director and finally Managing Director of a successful manufacturing company based in Bradford. I will always be grateful to the Bradford College for the education they gave me but also for the wise words of advice to a 16 year old.”
Photograph supplied by Gerard Dibb