Feb, 2017

Hello Sailor!! Five Minutes With Works Manager Zebs….

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Before working at Odd Bods what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Serving as a Warrant Officer in the British Navy, teaching soldiers how to shoot on a rifle range, whilst based at an RAF Station.

How did you first learn about Odd Bods

Amazingly, my wife and I were looking for a suitable unit for my wife’s Sole Trader business ‘Broadland Classics’ , and came across the grand enthusiastic team of ODD BODS loading up their Fleet of vans. I looked up their pedigree profile online following that brief meet.

How do you balance your career at Odd Bods and family?

Time management has always been a negative on my part, never giving sufficient to my family over the decades serving with the military. The military drums work life balance very simply from joining up as a junior “The Needs Of The Services Must Always Come First – Those Of Families Come A Close Second”. That said, now in Civvy street, my newest wonderful Admirals (Odd Bods Owners), really are magnificent at keeping me on track with ensuring family are given a great healthy balance. My wife and I have chosen to build our own yacht and dinghy for sailing on the nearby lovely Norfolk Broads, during those lovely long warm summer evenings and weekends and with our faithful dogs. Life/Work balance could not be better.


What advice do you have for prospective Odd Bods candidates?

Need to enjoy diversity, physically fit, show an enthusiastic, tenacious spirit and healthy home life balance.
What are 3 words to describe Odd Bods?

Customer Caring Team


What do you find the most challenging at Odd Bods

Keeping vehicles and equipment top line for the team.

What do you like most about Odd Bods?

The Teamwork when all pull together ensuring all jobs on the road are completed within the time allotted to excellent standards, when facing adverse conditions.


What is the favourite part about working for Odd Bods?

Waking up early mornings and going to work with a constant smile on my face knowing how lucky I am working with a top team, and meeting lovely highly valued customers.

What is your proudest moment at Odd Bods?

Receiving first rate feedback from customers who prior to my joining the team, were rightly resistant of the change of a new window cleaner. Proving we all work to the same exacting trained standards.
What is your role at Odd Bods?

Works Manager – responsible for organising all day to day operational works from unit end to completed works, whilst liasing with owners and team members


 Best vacation you’ve been to?

Hong Kong & Singapore with my darling wife on her 60th, going back to our old Naval Bases. Wonderful.


If you were an animal what would you be?

A Chihuahua or German Shepard Dog, or even a cat, because I would be spoilt daily, and loved overboard, by the Odd Bods family.


Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

My Name Zebs. Where does it come from?.

Upon joining the Royal Navy at just under 16 yrs old, I joined my first ship as a Junior Seaman, and the salty old Sea Dogs decided I should be taken on a ‘Run Ashore’ sampling my first beers. In the 70’s it was normal practice to consider a boy seaman old enough to fight for his country should be guided in the ways of the world, and in particular in Portsmouth naval base was no stranger to such initiations.

On the eve of the Queens Silver Jubilee Spithead Fleet review, my first ship was the Admirals and Captain of the Fleet review recruiting ship. Lucky for the ships company we were given shore leave the night before lining up with the Fleet.

I was dressed up smartly for my Run Ashore, and my sea daddies took me about Portsmouth’s infamous ‘Route 66’ to various pubs, where no other may dare alone.

At some stage during the evening, the run ashore witnessed us, and the ships navigating officer in a well known Indian Restaurant, to which sailors induction was all about who could run the fastest without paying the bill more often than not.

Halfway through the meal, one senior salty sea dad shouted ‘Runner’, to which the crew were to make their exit by fastest means. Not being induced into this drill correctly, I ended up tripping over chairs of those exiting before me, and going in the wrong direction, to which ended up being caught Red Handed by the naval shore police.

Next morning, with the ship under sailing orders I were delivered onboard, and straight before a very stern Captain in my bedraggled state.

The charge was read out ‘Absconding whist ashore and drinking under age’. The Captain looked down at me with the Master At Arms by his side, charge sheet at the ready, myself trembling… When the Captain said right young ‘Eddy’. ‘Sir’, Sid the master at Arms ‘His surname is ‘Ebdy’. After a re-attempt at pronouncing my name, the Captain became evermore frustrated and shouted ‘Damn it man, from heron this young man’s name has just been altered by order, he is now to be known as ‘Zebs’. ‘Master, XO’ Junior Seaman Zebs, fined – No more alcohol ashore until of age’ .. And next time young man – don’t get caught doing a damn runner’… That wonderful captain became a full admiral. Highest of respect.


What does true leadership mean to you?

True leadership is not about superiority, position, or prestige. It’s about revealing and releasing the potential of those around you. Leadership is not about the power of one, but facilitating the greatness of many.


What would be the title of your autobiography?

Rum, Baccy & Civvies Ashore





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