Sophie Marshall

Five minutes with…

Sophie Marshall

Skip Driver


Did you always want to be a lorry/skip driver?

I’ve always wanted to be a lorry driver from when I was young. Large vehicles fascinate me. It’s crazy to think how much weight they can carry and what you can put on a lorry! This is my first lorry driving job, I only passed my test back in May 2021, and I don’t think I could have picked a better position to start with to gain the utmost experience that I do now.

What does an average week look like for you?

My average week is 7-5 Monday to Friday and every other Saturday. My day usually consists of anywhere between 8-12 jobs, deliveries, collections and exchanges. Satisfying customers’ needs by putting the skip down where they would like it. The places where we drop skips vary between nice and easily accessible to reversing blind with your mirrors folded in. But I love it when I get in somewhere tight and think to myself, how on earth did I get that in there?

What is the community spirit amongst skip drivers (skippers) at the moment?

The community spirit is lovely, and I’m glad to be a part of it. Other skip drivers from other companies are always waving to me. My team is the best. They’ve done nothing but help me learn the ropes, or shall I say chains, and they always come up to me saying, if I’m ever in this or that situation, to do this or don’t do that. Very supportive.

What do you love about your job?

I love the challenge. I love getting in awkward and small spaces. Sometimes I get out and think how on earth did I do that. I also love the people I work with and our customers.

If you could change one thing that affects your role, what would it be?

If I could change one thing it would be to have more hours in the day to work more but personally, I wouldn’t change a thing – I love it!