Neil Mansfield: "The most exciting or interesting thing I've ever done? Appearing on the ITV programme 'Lewis' as an extra."
Member Since: 2016
Grade: Associate
Interview Date: March 2020
Who do you work for?

UniTech Services Group Ltd.

Please describe your work in general and what you are currently working on

I'm the Quality, Environmental, Safety and Health Advisor.   We provide the nuclear industry with sales and leasing of PPE/RPE, and a laundry service for their PPE/RPE.  I'm currently working on improving the staff training packs for the various processes they are involved with.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being part of a team, ensuring that UniTech staff are working in a safe environment, quality is kept to a high standard, and we look at ways to recycle more waste (such as reducing the use of plastic bags on site).
Can you recommend any information resources that have been useful for you in your work?

The HSE website is a fount of knowledge.  The SRP Weekly provides me with good information, such as updates, and news about SRP members and upcoming events.

What has been the most memorable, or useful, SRP event you have attended, and why?

Unfortunately, I have not yet attended an SRP event, but intend to!

Where do you live?

I live in Tonypandy in south Wales.

Who do you live with?

My partner Kay.

What are your hobbies?

Football. I’m a Southampton fan for my sins.  I also love sci-fi, especially Star Wars, and am an avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia.  I like all genres of music, and participating in quizzes.

Some of Neil's memorabilia.
Tell us a bit more about the quizzes

I'm not currently in a quiz team, though have been in the past.  My strongest subjects are music, TV and film from the 80s, and of course the occasional Star Wars question.  I came second in the SRP quiz that was running before Christmas!

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A car salesman.

What's your favourite film?

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (the retroactive title for the original Star Wars film).

Who would you like to be for a day?

A Star Wars Stormtrooper.

The next best thing - meeting one!
Do you have a funny, or interesting, or embarrassing story you can share?

I once sang a full rendition of 'Happy Birthday' to a stranger, thinking I had rung my mother!

Do you have a prized possession?

A replica Stormtrooper E11 blaster, made by the makers of the blasterused in the original movies.

Share a fascinating fact

About 65% of my body is covered in tattoos.

Neil's back. The design evoloved over about ten years. He described his vision to the tattoo artist, then left it up to her to execute it.
Who would you most like to have dinner with, and why?

David Jason – as he one of my favourite TV actors.

What's your favourite meal?

A full English breakfast.

What would be your Desert Island Disc?

These Are the Days of Our Lives – Queen.

What book would you recommend taking on holiday?

David Jason's autobiography, My Life.

What phone app would you recommend?

Booking.com

What's the most exciting or interesting thing you have ever done?

Appearing on the ITV programme Lewis as an extra.

A detail from the casting sheet, showing Neil.
Did you appear in the final cut?

Yes!  I was onscreen for about 15 to 20 seconds.  My role was as someone that had been tattooed in a studio – I'm seen putting my top back on, and paying the tattooist before leaving the shop.

A still from the episode showing Neil on the right, and Kevin Whately as Inspector Lewis in the middle.
Do you have a favourite quote?

"Live for today, as tomorrow never comes."

What would be your dream holiday, assuming unlimited money and a month off?

I would love to go to the Maldives.

Is there something you are passionate about?

My family.

Finally, what question haven't we asked you, that we should have done?

How long have worked in the nuclear industry?

So, how long have worked in the nuclear industry?

I'm in my 31st year.

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