Meet… David Lahiffe
Mobility Service Sales Manager for Pickerings Lifts
What does your position involve?
I’m responsible for growing mobility servicing at Pickerings Lifts, going out to meet customers, finding out more about their requirements and creating tailored service contracts for moving and handling equipment including stair lifts, hoists and slings.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Knowing that the equipment that we look after makes such a difference to people’s lives and can enable them to live independently. I also enjoy talking to the staff on the front line and the people who use the equipment – they have so many interesting stories to tell.
What is one of your proudest moments in the industry?
Being promoted to my current role, I originally worked in at Pickerings Lifts in the lift service team, so being promoted to the mobility side of the business was a huge personal achievement. It’s been great seeing the mobility side of the business grow and evolve over the years and I work alongside an exceptional team that work so hard.
What’s the biggest changes you have seen in the industry?
Primarily a larger demand for equipment due to an ageing population, especially for older and disabled people who are using the equipment to keep living at home. Over the last few years, I’ve also seen an increased popularity in frameworks, with a lot of different organisations coming together to get better buying power.
If you could bring one new innovation to the market, what would it be?
A sling with GPS built into it – you’d be surprised how often they go walkabout in buildings!
What are your interests outside of work?
Gardening and travelling. I celebrated a significant birthday recently so I’m currently in full health-kick mode and have started jogging too!
If you had to do any other job in the world, what would it be?
An archaeologist – if it’s good enough for Indiana Jones it’s good enough for me!
Describe yourself in three words
Friendly, fun, helpful.
What’s your favourite song?
Fool’s Gold by the Stone Roses.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Time travel, so I could get next week’s lottery results!
Favourite place in the world?
Limerick in southern Ireland, I have a lot of family there and visit twice a year.
About Pickerings Lifts
Supplying, installing, repairing and servicing a wide range of mobility products, including stairlifts, hoists, through floor lifts, platform lifts, and medical beds, the independent company works alongside care homes, councils, the NHS and businesses and services over 3,000 mobility units across the UK.