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Patrick Sewell

After leaving university, I joined the family business, primarily in social and private housing schemes within the Construction team.

After four years, I was keen to gain an external perspective and seek out new experiences, so worked abroad for a year, primarily in Malaysia, before returning to the UK.

I returned as a Retail Manager at one of our stores and am now both a director and a shareholder in the business.

The behaviours and values of our company sum up our culture to me. In essence, it’s how people act naturally without being watched over or micro-managed.

Everyone has a part to play in that and, in turn, it creates a team with the same vision and values.

Our high standards, innovative way of working, great service and focus on our people is what make Sewell special.

When I look back on my career, there are many stand out moments, including gaining external recognition from the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For, Sewell on the go achieving Forecourt Trader of the Year and personally winning Retail Champion of the Year.

One fact you may not know about me: I have helped the company raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for many charities and organisations over the years, as well as sitting on the boards for the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Smile Foundation charity and the Association of Convenience Stores.