The thousands of ‘games makers’ helping the Olympics run smoothly received widespread praise just recently — and it has emerged that the boss of a leading warewashing installer is one of them.
Derek Maher, managing director of Crystaltech Services, has played his part in the sporting extravaganza by serving as a field of play marshal at both road cycle events and the women’s marathon.
He will also marshal this weekend’s 50k walk race and men’s marathon, as well as the paralympic marathon, and spend five days at Brands Hatch for the Paralympic road races.
Crystaltech specialises in the installation and servicing of commercial dishwashers and glasswashers, but Maher says that taking time out of his busy schedule hasn’t been too much of a problem.
“All of the events for the Olympics have taken place over weekends as they involved major road closures. However I will have to take five week days off for the Paralympics and catch up overnight,” he said.
Maher, a keen runner who has completed in 15 London marathons, said the highlight of being a games maker was to be involved in such an iconic event right from the early stages and to see the competitors up close.
On the business front, meanwhile, he claims the Games haven’t had too much of an impact on engineers attending London jobs.
He said: “We haven’t had too many problems, however we arranged shift patterns for coverage from 8am to 9pm, extended office hours until 7.30pm, increased van stocks and held 10 loan machine in Ilford and Brackley in case there were problems with parts availability.”