Get to know Colin Barr

by | Jan 15, 2021 | News

We are delighted to welcome Colin Barr to the HRN team, Colin is our new Service Manager at our Stirling depot.


We recently dropped in on Colin to find out about his previous work experience and a little about what he likes to do when he isn’t working.

Tell us about your previous work experience?


I served my apprenticeship with Mercedes Benz Cars and progressed onto Master Technician, from there I moved to Rolls-Royce as an Aerospace engineer, working on fast military jets and commercial jet engines. During my 17 years with Rolls-Royce, I have been an engine assembly fitter, engine inspector, on wing care team leader (basically running teams that take care of breakdowns).  I also have experience of working in office management, quality management and health and safety roles.


Can you tell us about your skillset & how these will benefit the company?


Over the years in my previous employment, I have worked under very strict government regulations and understand that a job needs to be done correctly the first time to protect the company and ensure customer satisfaction. I have attended numerous courses, which include quality management, business improvement and workshop control techniques to mention a few. I will be bringing exceptional organisational and business skills to the company.


What does your new role entail and how will it enhance HRN’s growth plans?


My new role as service manager is to ensure the day to day running of the workshop is carried out in the most efficient manner possible. I will also be the link between the customer and the business; therefore, I ensure that all our customers are satisfied with the work carried out.


Why did you decide to join the HRN team?


I came to HRN as I am a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Aerospace industry was effectively wiped out in Scotland overnight. Myself and 900 colleagues were all made redundant in one blow.  However, I come from a farming background and I thought this was my chance to get back into doing something I really enjoy – there is nothing like rolling your sleeves up and getting dirty. Given time, I hope to turn the Stirling depot into the busiest and most cost effective out of all the depots.

When you’re not working, what do you do to relax?

I have been married for 14 years to Claire and have three sons – Nicholas (14), Oliver (12) and Joshua (10). When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with the family, usually hillwalking, swimming or anything the kids want to do. When the kids are busy, I love a bit of DIY and gardening, as I find it difficult to just sit still. I am quite a keen cyclist and before I turn 50, I would like to cycle Lands’ End to John o’ Groats.