Our dedicated former Sales Director Melvyn Bathgate has attended his last W Exhibition.
The 65-year-old has been an ever-present member of the DCS team at The W Exhibition, a national show for the Joinery and Furniture industries, for many years.
Earlier this summer, Melvyn felt the time was right to retire from his full-time role at the company following over 26 years of service.
Melvyn held the role of Sales Director since November 2007 after working his way up from the shop floor.
However, he remains an integral part of the sales team at DCS, working three-days-a-week.
Melvyn, who was born in Fife, Scotland, ventured down to Yorkshire to pursue his interest in brass bands.
In fact, it was following this hobby that led him to meet Managing Director Philip Oldfield and his brother Alan.
Melvyn was offered a promotion from the shop floor to the sales team at DCS in just eight months, but he admits he was unsure about taking up the role back in the early 90s.
“I actually laughed when Philip told me he wanted to promote me to sales,” said Melvyn.
“In the end, I said I would give it go. I have an engineering background and my experience on the shop floor gave me great product knowledge. I have seen this company grow so much over the years and that is down to the amazing job Philip has done.
“I have been very fortunate as I love my job working for DCS. Alan, Philip and later Chris (Oldfield) have all been very good to me. For me, it is all about looking after our customers, some of whom I have been working with for 21 years.”
Melvyn has many hobbies, including photography and golf, but it is his dedication to music that has led him to be an accomplished Tenor Horn player.
He has had amazing success with some of the most decorated brass bands in the country, including Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Brighouse & Rastrick.
While on tour in association with the “Brassed Off” movie, he had the opportunity to play all over the world.
Melvyn said: “It was an amazing time playing with Grimethorpe on the ‘Brassed Off’ tour. I have played everywhere apart from South Africa. I even had the pleasure of being in the studio with Peter Gabriel from Genesis, who is such a talented person.
“I also use to teach students at three universities, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Huddersfield and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I am no longer part of a brass band but every now and again I am asked to perform.”
Speaking about Melvyn’s decision to retire from his full-time role, Managing Director Philip Oldfield said: “Melvyn has been a faithful, diligent and conscientious employee for the last 26 years and seven months and a personal friend for much longer. I openly, here and now cannot thank him enough for all his service.
“He has worked his way up the company ladder, eventually being appointed to the top job as Sales Director on the 1 November 2007. He has stood firm through the highs and lows.
“It saddens me somewhat that he has decided that it is now time to stand down but Melvyn being the person he is, did give me two and a half years notice.”