Spotlight on…..Neil Stocken on working in finance, DJ’ing and skydiving

July 20, 2022

Meet Neil Stocken who is a Finance Administrator in Retford. He shares more on his interesting career to date, spending time with his family and conquering his fear of heights by jumping 13,500 feet for his amazing 87 year old dad who Neil describes as his hero. Over to you Neil…

Tell us a bit about yourself? 

I am married and have an 18 year old son. My career to date has included being a semi-professional DJ, a crane driver and a stock control manager! I moved into finance around 15 years ago after passing my AAT degree.

What attracted you to PIB as a career destination?

I was attracted to PIB as I was very impressed with both the growth of the company and its ethics. Life at PIB so far has been really good. Everyone is really helpful and friendly.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself? 

On my dads 80th birthday I did a skydive from 13,500 feet from RAF Langer (and took him with me as proof I didn’t bottle it). I was petrified! I did this to try to overcome my fear of heights (didn’t work) and to stop dad teasing me about my fear as he used to be a steel erector.

I also did it to raise money for Bassetlaw Hospice in Retford. When my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1994 and 1997, the after-care treatment they gave him was phenomenal, so I just wanted to say thank you by raising money for them as they are a non- profit organisation. Dad is 87 now and still weight trains six days a week with only one lung. He is incredible and a true inspiration to everyone. My hero! 

What is your best piece of careers advice you’ve been given, or you would give?

The best piece of careers advice I could give is never limit your self-beliefs. The only thing holding you back is usually yourself.  Always help others as much as possible. And try to smile, it is infectious! 😊

How do you relax outside of work?

Outside of work my wife and I regularly go to the gym. We also go on lots of city breaks and many holidays to Cyprus. And I also follow my beloved Nottingham Forest.

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