Major General David Eastman visits Amey’s Customer Services Centre to gain some insight into his new role

Tottie Faragher, Senior Media & External Affairs Manager
13 January 2020
Major General and Amey employees.
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Last week, our Customer Service teams were delighted to host a visit from Major General David Eastman, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) (Designate) of the Army Regional Command. He will take up the post in February and his visit to the Amey Customer Services Centre was part of a comprehensive programme to gain insight into his new role. 

Major General Eastman, accompanied by Colonel Andy Szabo, Assistant Chief of Staff Infrastructure, was welcomed by Tim Redfern, Amey’s Managing Director, Defence, and Richard McKinney, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Regional Delivery Director, who provided an overview of their respective businesses, focusing on the collaborative working practices that exist between them. 

He was briefed by Amey’s Head of Customer Experience, Stuart Jones, who spoke about how Amey’s customer service team in Defence have built their culture based on alignment to the Armed Forces and bringing in best practice through the Institute of Customer Service. The team, who manage customer contact, complaints, customer insight and housing allocations for the business, are accredited to the external ServiceMark standard. They’re also finalists in the 2020 UK Customer Service Awards for use of customer insight and strategic leadership in improving customer experience across the operational business. 

Major General Eastman was also given a guided tour of the centre and took the opportunity to meet staff across the 200 seat Defence specific centre, listen into live calls from Service personnel and see how digital enquires via our website, web-forms and social media channels are managed on our cloud-based omni-channel platform. He followed this by viewing our new training facility built up by former Royal Engineer, David Bate, who now works at the centre. David has set up practice equipment such as showers, fuse boxes and a wall mounted heating system. The facility helps our advisors develop their technical skills, diagnose problems accurately and enable a first-time fix when our engineers visit our customers. 

Major General Eastman said: “The visit has provided excellent background context for my time at Regional Command, and I have to say that the staff at Matchworks are a real credit to Amey; enthusiastic, bright and very professional.” 

Tim Redfern, Amey’s Managing Director, Defence, added: “We were delighted to host Major General Eastman so early on in his programme as he prepares to assume the role of GOC Regional Command.  Reinforcing the links to the Armed Forces is incredibly important and visits such as this to the Customer Services team in Liverpool help to foster mutual understanding which can only be a good thing.” 

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