What does a typical day involve?
Having conversations with prospects, clients and the team, meetings, phone calls, travelling, pitches/proposals/presentations, helping move the agency forward and grow it.
With my role there is often not a typical day, and that is an aspect I thrive on, I never know where the next journey will be.
Where were you born? What brought you to Adido?
I was born in Sunderland, and moved to Bournemouth to study Computing. It was there I met the three guys that would later be the people I started Adido with… and as they say, the rest is history.
What has been your career highlight so far?
Starting the business in the first place was one of the toughest things I have done, so to see where we have come is my highlight. Winning pitches for some of the clients we have amazes me and fills me with pride.
A particular highlight was during our tenth birthday party, the team had secretly filmed a video that told their story of Adido, their favourite things and made me as a director proud of the fantastic people that we have employed. I’ll never forget that feeling.
Tell us something about you that your colleagues don’t know yet!
I mine traceable coloured gemstones in Sri Lanka. My other business Nineteen48 sells ethical gems and jewellery that supports charitable projects. We are helping to develop the first coloured gemstones standards for the industry.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
To own my own business – always wanted to do it.
What do you remember about your first day at Adido?
Our very first day we converted the dining room into an office and then asked the question ‘what next?’ Little did we know that nearly 15 years later we would be winning awards for our great work.
If you were an ice cream flavour, which one would you be and why?
Cookies & Cream, no mouth full is ever the same.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To dance Cuban Salsa/Bachata, Kizomba better – I started to learn much later in life, so hard to learn new things, but can’t let that stop you.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
My dad – miss him, lost him when I was one.
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Running two businesses and being a dad to an amazing young son all at the same time.
When was the last time you were nervous?
Most days – I get nervous most times I have meetings or pitch to potential clients. But that’s a good thing that I would never change as it keeps me on my toes. Growing a business means you live outside of your comfort zone most days.
Describe yourself in three words?
Determined, competitive, positive.