Joe Hunter - 10 years in the timber trade!

Tuesday 9th November 2021 

2021 marks 10 years working in the UK timber industry for Joe Hunter – Business Development Manager @ Prowood Ltd.

Do you remember your first day?

“I remember it vividly! My career in the timber trade started at the age of 16, training in a Lancashire timber mill. I missed my high school prom/graduation as it fell on the same day I started work. I considered myself a fit young lad, playing rugby etc. but for the first few weeks in full time manual work I fell asleep almost immediately when I got home… I didn’t know what had hit me!”

What has been your greatest achievement?

“Throughout my career I’m proud to say I’ve been involved in some of the largest timber cladding projects in the UK. However, one project I’ll never forget is Stoneywood School – Aberdeen, 6 years ago.

As a 20-year-old junior sales representative in the timber trade, opportunities to secure £100k+ orders were few and far between.  

I was given a chance... I hopped on a plane from Manchester to Aberdeen and brought back a very impressive order. I single-handedly imported stock from Russia and Belgium and saw the order through from start to finish.

Although since then I have been involved in much larger projects, I still consider Stoneywood School to be up there as my biggest achievement”

What is your favourite part of the job?

“Sales and selling. Winning orders has always been a huge buzz for me!“

What is your favourite memory of the last 10 years?

“The timber industry has taken me to some awesome places over the years but one above all, I’ll never forget.

In 2017 I spent 2 weeks visiting suppliers in Vancouver. I was completely blown away by the paradise that is BC. Mind-blowing skyscraper trees, huge sawmills, stunning outdoor scenery, exceptional fishing and lovely people. I think I was born in the wrong country!”

Any other comments?

“I owe huge thanks to the timber trade for all of the opportunities and amazing experiences I’ve had throughout the past 10 years. I’ve met some interesting and inspiring people along the way. Some I now consider to be close friends.”