Q&A: Del Simmons, operations director, Dayfold
Monday, March 1, 2021
Del is 40 years old, and has been working in the industry for 25 years. When not at work you can find him on his canal boat “moving at 4mph”. Or perhaps sat on the bank fishing if his fiancée Emily allows.
What is your nickname?
If I had a pound for every time someone called me Delboy! It’s actually Delroy, but that’s another story
Why did you get into printing?
I was 16 years old and luckily for me Gary Young (client services manager at St Ives Gillingham at that time) took pity on me and took me on. I still think he took me on because he liked the fact I had dreadlocks at that time. But only he could answer that
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
What is your favourite film?
The Star Wars films, all of them
Sweet or savoury?
Got to be savoury for me nothing like a good pie and chips
Have you taken up any new hobbies/completed any interesting projects during the various lockdowns?
I was recently bought a ukulele, which I would love to say I have mastered. However much more practice is required
Who or what do you hate most?
What always gets me ranting is biased news, as it stops people thinking and making their own decisions
What is your favourite album?
Marchin’ Already, by Ocean Colour Scene
What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading the Avon Roach Project written by Budgie Price and Trevor Harrop. We printed this book for these two extraordinary guys and the story is incredible. Even if you don’t like fishing this is worth a read
Cat or dog, or…?
Dogs. Cats are sneaky
What is your greatest luxury?
The canal boat
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
My fiancée Emily, of course
Who or what makes you laugh?
What’s your worst fashion disaster?
If it wasn’t for my fiancée I would leave the house every day looking like a pile of washing
What was your childhood obsession?
Fishing, and something called ‘dode’ which to this day neither me nor my family have any clue what I was going on about
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Slow down and don’t be so impatient, try and enjoy every moment
Those moments that make you smile the most