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The DriveWorks Christmas Tree: Day Six

This year our Christmas tree is decorated with the faces of our team members.
Each day we will be taking a look at who’s on the tree and finding out more about how they spend the holidays.

Meet Ben, Jake and Mandy


My favourite thing about the festive season is being allowed to over-indulge in festive treats and a few good beers.

2018 has flown by for me and has been a very busy and exciting! In April I turned 30 and in June I bought and moved into my first house with my wife Hannah. We spent the first few months decorating it and soon after welcomed the arrival of our first child, Eliza.

After getting married last year, Hannah and I decided that it was about time we spent the whole of Christmas day together instead of going to our respective parents. We flipped a coin to decide which side of the family we would visit so this year it will be the first year I get to eat Christmas Dinner with her parents. Luckily both sides of the family live within walking distance so we’ll still get to see everyone in the evening.

In 2019, I’m looking forward to finishing off some of the remaining DIY around the house and spending time with Hannah and Eliza. A bit of peace and quiet would be nice, but I think that will probably have to wait until 2036!


This Christmas I’m hoping to get some electronics for my home plant automation and monitoring system I’m currently building. And books!

My highlight of 2018 was running my first Half marathon at Tatton Park, Cheshire! (Just under 2 hours yay!). I’m very nervous but also excited to run my first full marathon in April 2019.


I love Christmas and I’m really looking forward to my son James coming home from Bristol. I’ll have him all to myself for a whole 9 days – yay!!! I wonder if he feels the same?

My Christmas gift from my husband this year is a very exciting new waterproof, I know this is not entirely an exciting gift for me but it is very practical for an outdoor girl with 2 dogs visiting wet Wales regularly. I’m not sure my husband knows he has bought me this but I’m sure he’ll work it out when he studies his bank statement ?

Merry Christmas everyone ?