Donnie Calder Chair, Inverness & North of Scotland Branch

Hello Donnie. How long have you been involved with SELECT? I have been involved with SELECT for approximately 15 years, firstly with the company I served my time with and, since leaving there, around seven years with Calder Electrical.

Tell us a bit about your business, where you’re based and how long you’ve been an electrician. We are a small business based in Invergordon. We have been trading for seven years now and carry out all aspects of work. Recently we have been doing a lot of work at Raigmore Hospital on behalf of Keir Construction and direct to the NHS. Tis has kept us very busy throughout the lockdown along with other essential work for the Highland Council and at Invergordon Service Base. We are really lucky to have a great squad of guys who are always willing to go the extra mile to keep on top of our workload, which makes life a lot easier.

What does your job entail? Tell us more about what you do. I carry out pricing, meet clients, organise materials and plan the work for the team.

What’s a typical day like for you at work? Unfortunately, work for me is more office-based now, so I usually spend my day visiting sites and spend my nights pricing and invoicing. My sister, Claire, works full time with us now

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“Te most enjoyable part for me is seeing the end product, especially on the trickier jobs”

doing the accounts, admin, test certificates and a lot of other stuff in the background, which gives me more free time to work on the day-to-day running of the company.

Do you get the chance to meet other SELECT Members? I usually meet SELECT Members in the wholesalers and at SELECT meetings, although this hasn’t been as common recently because of the COVID-19 restrictions. I keep in touch with a few Members by phone too.

What do you think are the main benefits of SELECT membership? For us, the main benefits are making

sure we are up to date with the latest regulations and having so much training on hand that we can trust in.

What do you find most enjoyable about your job? Te most enjoyable part for me is seeing the end product, especially on the trickier jobs.

What impact has COVID-19, lockdown and working remotely had on your business? We have been very fortunate through the lockdown and have been busier than ever. We had to adapt quite quickly to the changes but have been extremely busy for the past year.


Cheese or chocolate? Chocolate Dog or cat person? Dog First car owned? Vauxhall Corsa Favourite film? I don’t spend much time watching TV or films, but a comedy would be my choice Favourite TV show? Formula 1 is probably my most watched show Favourite holiday spot? Dubai Dream date? My mother in law is up there! Favourite colour? Blue One thing people might not know about you? I live in Invergordon, so nothing is a secret!

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