Richard joined Space in February 2010, having graduated from Buckingham College Group, with an Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) qualification. We caught up with Richard over a coffee to find out more about him, his 10 year Space journey and his current role as Head of Projects.
Q1) How did you hear about Space and why did you join? I met the Group Managing Partners on site, back in 2008. At the time it was a really interesting concept which I wanted to be part of, and I believe it still is. I think I happened to be in the right place at the right time when Steve, Sarah and Tom approached me to join Space as an assistant project manager to help run the project side of the business. I soon progressed to Project Manager and now my role is Head of Projects, a role I really enjoy.
Q2) What do you like about your current role? The variety it offers. The role is always evolving and provides lots of variety and challenges. I like being involved in all aspects of the business such as the client requests, team changes and location changes. There is not one project that is the same as the other. You can be in meetings with the clients and designers one day, on site with the contractors another, or presenting projects to the planners the next. No day is the same!
Q3) What’s the secret of your long-term success? I’ve been busy getting involved in projects which I have really enjoyed being a part of and time has flown by. Space is a lifestyle company and it does encourage flexible working if needed and they look after their staff and wellbeing really well. Having a day off for your birthday and finishing early some days in the summer months are a bonus. Since the birth of my daughter last year, I am more conscious of the time spent away from home and the importance of creating a work life balance. It can be crazy busy and frustrating at times, but the people and the social aspects of the business outweighs the negative. The Partners have helped me grow and progress and I remain very loyal to them in return. I have been very fortunate and had a positive career so far. 10 years on and I am still really enjoying the Space journey. Q4) Give me three words which describe Space Evolving, approachable, organised
Q5) How would you encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own career progression? You can achieve whatever you want to and create your own path, if you make the effort to do so. Just small things like talking to each other, sharing opinions and suggestions is a great start. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and be approachable. If you are wondering what else is out there in the market for you, I say go out and explore. Come back to me and let’s have a chat about it. It’s always good to keep in the know. You can see the good and the bad in all companies but by getting a glimpse into what other companies do and how they operate, and it will make you realise that Space is a great place to work.
Q6) What might people be surprised to know about you? Two things. Firstly, I rode 312 miles in 24hrs which I’m pretty proud of although technically only got 280 miles as had to skip a leg. Nearly made it! Secondly, I pulled out of college on the first day where I was going to do graphic design course to become an electrician.
Q7) Favourite quote? Get it done!
Q8) What would be your favourite area to collect on the monopoly board? Mayfair because I like the architecture. They don’t build them like they used to!
Q9) What would you buy if you won the lottery? A holiday home somewhere remote and warm
Q10) What celebrity would you like to be for a day? M. Night Shyamalan who is an American filmmaker and actor. He is known for making films with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings. I wish I could experience how his brain really works
Q11) Would you rather be respected or feared? Easy one, respected definitely.