Meet the Team: Chris Dowsett, Preston manager

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Longstanding Store First staff member Chris Dowsett (pictured on the right) is manager of our Preston self-storage centre. Chris is the subject of this week’s Meet the Team feature, so we fired some questions at him to get to know him a little better. Read on to find out more.

What’s your full name and job title?

Chris Dowsett – store manager.

Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had?

Interesting would be classified advertising sales with the London Evening Standard at the height of the boom in the ’80s.

If you could swap jobs with one person in the company, who would it be and why?

I guess it would be Oliver Kitson as I enjoy control.

What 3 words do you think best describe Store First?

Quality, value and service.

What 3 words do you think best describe you?

Honest, caring and southern.

What’s the weirdest/most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do here?

Water the grass when it was first laid in 2014, as there was an Easter heatwave and the lawns were laid on a Friday which, apparently, is something that should never be done.

What’s your favourite film?

Animal House – John Belushi’s finest hour and a half.

What’s your proudest moment at Store First?

Michael Webster getting the job of store manager at Blackburn. Michael was my assistant manager when I was at the Burnley centre, and I had seen him develop from an apprentice.

What is an interesting, random fact about yourself?

I used to be the voice of Southend United – out on the pitch doing stuff for 12,000 people for 8 years.

Do you have a work nickname? What is it?

I wouldn’t know, but probably related to being the token southerner in the whole company.

What’s your most embarrassing moment at work?

Not here but many years ago getting stitched up by colleagues who persuaded me that a girl on a train wanted to go out with me (this was pre-Facebook etc, so total nonsense as there was no way she could have had my phone number yet she phoned me!).

What’s your favourite place to travel to?

Nice – south of France is heaven.

How do you define success?

Being able to wake up in the morning without fear.

If a film was made of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Ray Winstone – proper geezer.

If you could be any person in history for a day, who would it be and why?

Neville Chamberlain to try and stop the Second World War.

If you could interview any person in history, who would it be and why?

Winston Churchill – I want to know how he fitted so much into his life.

If you could only drink one drink for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Shiraz – preferable a quality Australian one, so smooth.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Sausage, bacon and egg butty – start the day right every day.

If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you be and why?

One of my dogs, because what a life they have.

If you were stuck on an island and could only take 3 things with you, what would they be and why?

DAB radio to keep up to date with the world, Wisden Cricket Almanack to remember good times and the Bible because it is very long and you would find different things in it to think about every time.

Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know.

I used to be a proper choirboy.

Tell us a little about you and your family.

I am married to Kelly.

Who is your idol and why?

I don’t do idols – I admire Kenneth Clark MP for sticking to his principles.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

What’s your favourite TV show?

Only Connect

What’s the oldest thing in your fridge?

Parmesan – takes a while to get through it.

Do you play any instruments or have any talents or hobbies?

Used to play the piano.

Do you have any weird phobias?

Nope – weird is not a good thing.

If you could choose only one superpower, what superpower would you choose?

To see through people.

Contact Store First Preston

Chris and his team at Store First, Preston, are ready to take your call – contact them on 01772 429429 or email

Find the centre here:

Millennium City Park
Millennium Road
PR2 5BL.


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