Mark Cowan has been involved in the recovery industry for over 22 years. Having served an apprenticeship in Farm Management, he turned his back on the rural life in 1990 and joined the family recovery business in the Milton Keynes area started by his father in 1970. Having spent most of his life in Newport Pagnell, this father of two girls retains an interest in the soil, being a keen competitor in Vintage Tractor ploughing events. So what sort of furrow has Mark created in the world of recovery?
Let’s start at the beginning Mark
What was your first paid job, if not to do with recovery, how did you break into recovery?
Was born into the industry riding shot gun on a parcel shelf of a Bedford TK whilst my mum carried out local and long distance recoveries.
Current job title?
Operation Director for Heavy Recovery
How long have you worked in the recovery industry?
How many vehicles do you operate?
What was your first truck?
4 cylinder Ford D series with Beaver Tail body and ramps.
What was your favourite truck?
F12 6 x 4 with BRO 200A.
What was your worst buy?
DAF 95 6×4 with Commander installed.
What frustrates you about the industry?
No one will stand together.
Mark of CMG
What changes do you expect to see over the next few years?
More legislation and more regulated drivers hours.
Whats the most important lesson you have learned in life?
Theres more to life than CMG (HE SAYS!!).
What tips for someone starting out today would you have?
Listen and work with others.
What’s the biggest cock up you’ve ever made?
Tried to use 4 winches off a rotator… all at once what a mess!
Do you have any hobbies outside work?
Yes I do Vintage Tractor Ploughing.
What kind of car do you drive?
Toyota Hykux HD3.
Do you have a favourite car or one you would like to own?
No, cars do nothing for me.
Who in business do you most admire?
What was the first record you bought?
Paul Young living in the world of the common people.
What is your favourite book or film?
Braveheart and of course Convoy!
What is your favourite food?
What is your favourite place, anywhere?
What alternative career would you have favoured if it had not been in the motor trade?
I you could have a wish, what would you change most in our industry?
Get every body working from the same hymn sheet and get one trade association body working for the good of the industry.