By day Luke Bremmer is a man who crunches numbers for Derby City Council and by night he is an enthusiastic runner who has raised hundreds of pounds for good causes and bagged himself 100 medals from charity fun-runs. Let’s learn more about him!
Tell me about yourself?
I was born and raised in Derby. I have two brothers called Donald and Syl. I also have two sisters Mary and Coral. I have no children of my own but dote on my nephews Leon, Paul, Scott and Nathan.
I have been working for Derby City Council for 20 years as an Accounts Payable Data Input Officer. In my spare time I enjoy running and have taken part in fun-runs to raise money for local and national charities including Derby Hospitals Charity, Diabetes UK, and British Heart Foundation. However, my favourite run to date is the Ramathon.
How did you end up in your current role as a Data Input Officer?
I used to work for Derbyshire County Council in a similar role but wanted to work closer to home as commuting was a nightmare some days. In 1997, I started working as an employee here at Derby City Council – the same year that J.K. Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK.
What does your role entail?
I process invoice payments on behalf of suppliers who provide goods and services, many of which are small businesses and self-employed. These goods range from utility bills, stationary found in office cupboards, educational learning training courses for staff, grants, construction industry subcontractors to our cleaning services or food items purchased.
What are some of the challenges in your role that you deal with on a daily basis?
The challenges are meeting the daily targets of processing 70 invoices a day, especially when some of them can be quite complex, and I am often chasing people to get prompt payment.
What is the most rewarding thing about your role?
Maths was my one of my favourite subjects at school, so this job was a natural fit. I have always enjoyed working with numbers. Whilst numbers can be scary for some people I love the mechanics of maths and the challenges it presents. I enjoy meeting targets and getting payments out in the agreed term times.
What message would you give to someone thinking about training as an Accounts Payable Data Input Officer?
Part of the job involves being numerical which means that you must be able to work with figures as you will stare at them all day. Have excellent customer service skills. It’s a quality job that is rewarding at the end of day.
What advice would you give to people who want to start running but cannot get motivated in the dark winter nights?
My hobby started in 2005 as a healthier lifestyle exercise challenge. At the time I had set myself the goal of winning 100 medals. I have now achieved this milestone and am working towards winning 200 medals.
To help me with my goal, I joined the Shelton Striders Running Club which is one of the top clubs in Derby. I have trained with them at Moorways Sports Complex and Darley Park.
The best way to get motivated is to join a local club, look out for the events that come up and have a go. Unlike other sports it’s not expensive and you can train anywhere, including your local parks. I find this is a fun way to do something positive and support a good cause.
There’s no better feeling with the finish line insight, with spectators championing you on, with those encouraging and supportive waves and shouts in a brilliant atmosphere. I love taking part and making a difference.
It’s great to see so many people taking part in these events, which is good for the city and the community. I would like to thank all the people that have sponsored me over the years.
Published: Wednesday 8th February 2017