The relationships we have with our customers and suppliers are hugely important to us here at Genus which is why we believe in putting a face to our business. Over coming months, we will be introducing and getting to know the Genus team through a series of blogs. So, check back periodically to find out more.
Meet Patrick Kilcoyne
Pat started working for Genus on a part time consultancy basis but has gradually morphed into a full-time member of the team, which we are very happy about. Pat’s experience in the paper recycling industry is as extensive as our MD Rick’s and so together they are a formidable team.
Bringing a technical, legal and detail-oriented mind to the table, Pat has a logical and analytical way of thinking and reacting which is perfect for his role within Genus. Pat has been responsible for creating the systems that support things like customs clearances, EU VAT registrations, Incoterms, PRN accreditation and management. These have been a crucial part of how we reacted as a business to the changes caused by Brexit. Pat was able to set the right things in motion to allow us to be ahead of the curve and keep trading as effectively as possible.
“These things are vital to enable us to stay in business and so it’s good to have someone like Pat to keep them in check,” says Rick Waterson, MD of Genus.Rick Waterson
Pat’s background in the paper recycling industry
Prior to working with the team, Pat was the MD of a business just like Genus, so he knows first-hand the challenges that it brings. He was the European MD of a trading business that had offices in the Netherlands and UK and prior to that he was the UK Commercial Director, so has held significant and senior roles within these companies.
Pat worked with Rick at SCA, starting on the same day in the same training programme and progressed to various Branch Manager roles within the business. Although they were never in the same depot, they worked together in the business for ten years and have been friends now for over thirty years.
Pat also spent seven years at a NW papermill working in the recycling division in many roles including regional manager of local authority contracts and helped roll out many household waste recycling schemes in the Midlands and North East. He was also National Account Manager for the pressroom contracts, mill buyer and Commercial and Marketing Manager.
Pat and his experience
Being around papermills and packaging companies for many years, Pat has a huge amount of knowledge about types and grades of paper and what they’re used for, and although this knowledge is hugely important, Pat believes it’s what you do with it that counts saying,
“As I’ve gained more experience in the paper and recycling industries I have learnt to apply my knowledge in a solutions-focused way. I think this is what makes the difference to the customer at the end of the day.”Pat Kilcoyne
About Pat and Genus
Being friends with Rick for a very long time means that Pat has seen his family grow up and is proud to work alongside them today. He hopes that one day his own daughters might follow in his footsteps.
Working with family and friends, he appreciates for the fun that it brings to his working day but another significant plus point for Genus is its agility in making the right decisions.
Pat says, “in an industry that moves so fast, our biggest advantage is our ability to make the right decision quickly. There are no large commercial structures to deal with that often end up causing blockages and halting progress. This is how we will grow as a business, and we will retain that agility for as long as possible.”Pat Kilcoyne
Pat shares Rick and Billie’s vision to become the largest independent recovered paper trader in the UK being the ‘go to’ commercial expert in the room. What that might turn into later down the line is exciting to think about and the team are ready for it.