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Employee Spotlight - Graham


Thursday, 04 April 2019
Employee Spotlight - Graham

Graham is our Technical Director and has been with the company for over a decade. He now manages the technical development of new products and services in order to meet our customer's needs and to make sure we keep innovating.

A key part of his role is to build the right team of people to ensure we have the right skills and culture in the business to maintain our creativity, velocity and quality... it's fair to say that Graham has built a fantastic development team and it really shows in the standards they have set with each of our new product releases and updates.

So, over to Graham...

How long have you worked for JET?
About 11 years. I was approached by the then owner Tom with a brief to re-write and modernise the online systems. We later bought my old company and applied the new systems to that enterprise too, so they didn’t miss out!

What have been your impressions of the events industry?
Never a dull day.  I like the ebbs and flows with the seasons allowing time for quality R and R and then having the motivation to hit deadlines in the busy periods. 

If you were going to run an event, what would it be?
A sort of adventure day for young people in a festival format.  So lots of outdoor activities and then areas to chill out and party.

First song bought?
'A Kind of Magic' album, I will always love Queen and Freddie.  I enjoyed watching 'Bohemian Rhapsody' which brought back memories of singing it loudly in a tent somewhere above Lochgoilhead.

The song you’d sing at karaoke?
My normal repertoire of choral music probably wouldn’t go down very well, so 'Africa' by Toto or 'Danger Zone' by Kenny Loggins, very singable.

Worst job you’ve had (hopefully not this one ;) )?
Never really had another job.  Some events have been a bit crazy and best forgotten as legends in the mists of time!

Favourite Film?
I have a few. Any Stanley Kubrick movie with Full Metal Jacket being my favourite. I also like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Jerry Maguire (because I love the Dicky Fox quotations)!

Who would play you in a movie?
My daughter Sophie says Tony from NCIS; which is a pity, I was hoping for Tom Cruise.

Favourite Food?
It’s a cliché, but still pizza, which is great because we occasionally have pizza lunch in the office.  I love making my own pizza and choosing the toppings.

Favourite Drink?              
Has to be the 1st beer from a new barrel in the Two Brewers after a long sing song to lubricate the vocal chords.

Favourite Holiday/Place to go on holiday?
I have re-discovered my love of Lake District and Snowdonia.  Anywhere off the beaten track preferably with a bit of scrambling and challenge.

If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?
Costa Rica – it seems to have everything, mountains, wildlife, coast line and happy people.  More realistically in the short term I’d like to go to Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I don’t do spare time after I have filled it with all my little hobbies so if I ever am at a loose end I’d have a long hot bath with some music on.

What one thing could you never give up?
Singing, it cleanses the soul.

Your biggest achievement?
Recently, consistently running 5k in under 30 mins, then under 25 mins.  This also involved losing 20kg which has been an interesting experience to say the least!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
As a choirboy I was paid to be in a movie called 'Close My Eyes', with Saskia Reeves, Clive Owen and Alan Rickman.  My mistake was ringing my gran when it was on Channel 4 and telling her to watch the movie, not realising there may have been scenes I wasn’t involved in not suitable for choir boys... awkward!

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