To celebrate Fathers’ Day, we asked some of the dads who work at our London and Ireland HQs to tell us about their families and the best thing about being a dad...

Vincent Bouin, Customer and Commercial Leadership Director

Vincent Bouin with his son, Leopold

What do you do at Coca-Cola GB? 

I help to sell our drinks.

What are the names of your children?

Victor, Alexandre, Maxime and Leopold.

How do you balance work/family?

Creating a ‘clear’ transition while driving my mopped, between home and the office. When I concentrate on the road, it helps me to connect and disconnect.

What does Father’s Day mean to you? 

A reminder of the great legacy that my father gave to me and the great moments I can enjoy with my four sons.

What’s the best thing about being a dad? 

Seeing all four boys growing up and being so different one to each other.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Father’s Day yet? 

Glamping with my wife and the youngest, Leo. It’ll be lots of fun, I’m sure

Joel Morris, Director of Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability

What do you do at Coca-Cola Great Britain?

It’s a broad, challenging and interesting role. I meet lots of people outside of the business with differing perspectives on what we do that we need to listen to and understand – and I enjoy doing that.

Another part of my role is influencing the business to explore new ways of doing things. For example, my team have been very involved in our work to reduce the sugar people consume from our drinks and to ensure less of our packaging is littered and more is recycled.

“The company really makes is easy for us to work flexibly – we have all the technology we need to stay connected and attend meetings virtually with people anywhere in the world.” – Joel Morris

What are the names of your children?

Scarlett, Stella and Felix.

How do you balance work/family?

It can be a tricky juggling act at times. I try and manage my diary so that I work from home occasionally, which means I can do the school drop off or collection. Those days can be really productive, as I find time to complete written work and there are fewer interruptions. The company really makes is easy for us to work flexibly – we have all the technology we need to stay connected and attend meetings virtually with people anywhere in the world.

What’s it like being a dad at CCGB?

Well, my kids think it’s cool that their dad works for Coke. I think being a dad (or mum) changes your outlook and perspective on lots of issues. In my role, that can help you do the job better. I think it also makes you recognise that while work’s important, some things are much more important. 

What does Fathers’ Day mean to you?

I really don’t think it’s a big deal and I wouldn’t mind at all if my kids forgot (just as my Dad’s forgiven me for forgetting it many times).  The best bit is their excitement at giving me cards they made themselves, a cup of lukewarm, milky tea and some soggy toast (the tea gets spilt as they argue over who’s carrying the tray up the stairs).

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

Hugs and their faces when they realise they can do something they doubted they could.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Father’s Day yet?

Drinking some milky tea and eating some soggy toast! Then a bike ride (without the kids) and a BBQ with some friends.

Ronan Farren, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Ireland

Ronan with his son, Bobby

What do you do at Coca-Cola Ireland?

I have responsibility for government and media relations, and also our local corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.

What’s your child called?

I have a four-month old son called Bobby.

How do you balance work/family?

I’m still getting used to the new circumstances. But the weekends have now become really important to spend as much time with Bobby and his Mum and not to think of work.

What’s it like being a dad at Coca-Cola Ireland?

Coca-Cola has been really understanding during Bobby’s first few months. And I was practically bullied by my colleagues into bringing him into the office to show him off as soon as I could.

What does Fathers’ Day mean to you?

It used to mean buying my dad a book that I wanted to read. Now, we’ll see – am still new to this!

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

People are nice to me. As if I have finally done something worthwhile.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Fathers’ Day yet?

I don’t. But I’m banking on Bobby having planned something special.

Ben Hampson, Strategy, Planning and Performance Management Director, Western Europe

Ben Hampson with his wife and daughter

What do you do at Coca-Cola GB? 

Organise and draft the strategy for Western Europe and measure our performance against it.

What’s the name of your child?  

Greta, she’s 18 months old.

“Last year I got a pork pie as a present.” – Ben Hampson

How do you balance work/family? 

Well enough that it works for me… I do half of the nursery drop offs and picks ups, which sometimes means I leave early and arrive late, but I make up for it when my time is more flexible.

What’s it like being a dad at Coca-Cola Great Britain? 

Pretty good. It is nice to shape the choice of drinks my daughter’s generation will drink, and great to do it around people who love doing so.

What does Father’s Day mean to you? 

It is a fun day in the calendar. Last year I got a pork pie as a present.

What’s the best thing about being a dad? 

Having a daughter!

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Father’s Day yet?

No – last year it was a surprise, this year who knows…

How are you spending Fathers’ Day? Tweet us a pic @CocaCola_GB.