In our blog series, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’, Head of Digital Services, Mark Tuxford meets up with members of the Making Websites Better roster talking to them about their time at the company so far in a Q&A style format, enabling you to get to know the team a little better whilst putting a name to a friendly face assisting with your business presence online.**
However, this time it’s Mark’s turn to be interviewed. Courtesy of Sam Pettiford.
Mark is an ambitious, passionate individual who’s role at MWB is split between heading up the digital marketing department and welcoming new business to MWB with regular sales activity.
Mark is from a Digital Agency and Journalism background. During his career to date he has produced content for various media outlets including The BBC, TalkSPORT and national/local newspapers. Football is a big passion of Mark’s, where he regularly covers games across the football pyramid and provides views on his beloved Ipswich Town via multiple podcast platforms.
Mark is also the host of our sponsored podcast, People Behind Brands, focusing on individuals and their life lessons from the world of business. You can listen to our episodes here or wherever you get your podcasts from.
Now you know more about Mark’s role and his interests, let’s take a look at the answers he gave to our latest Q&A session…
What’s the best thing about working at MWB?
“Everyday is always different. I enjoy waking up in the morning and working on great projects with the team, meeting new people and giving those people a chance to make their business more successful through our digital services.”
How do you like to unwind in your spare time after a busy week at work?
“I love my football. You will most likely find me watching a game in a stadium at the weekend or on the box! I follow Ipswich Town, which is quite tough to say the least, but to me it’s more than just a game...”
THREE words that describe your personality
“Passionate, loyal and old-school.”
What is your passion in life?
“To be successful and give something back when you can.”
Is there a specific experience in life that always stayed with you, changed your outlook or made you more motivated to succeed?
“There’s probably too many to mention, but ultimately I am grateful for every opportunity I’m presented with, however big or small it may be - you only get one life.
What is your proudest achievement?
“Learning to believe in myself more and overcoming obstacles I never thought I could.”
Who was your role model/hero growing up?
“Derek Trotter (Del Boy) - while he is extremely unsuccessful I think we share a lot of family and general life values. Only Fools & Horses has been a constant support in my life since I was a small boy.”
Where is your favourite place in the world?
“Portman Road - home of Ipswich Town FC.”
What is the one thing you could not go a day without?
“Some form of football I imagine?”
What is your favourite song?
“Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
What is your favourite Film/TV programme?
“My favourite film is The Business and my favourite TV programme is either Only Fools & Horses or EastEnders.”
What are your favourite food and drink choices?
“Food: Pie and Mash. Drink: Pina Colada.”
What would you say is your hidden talent?
“I am a good pool player but I really should practise more when I have free time!”
What is your biggest phobia?
“I cannot stand rats or mice.”
What is your favourite motivational quote?
“He who dares wins.”
What would be top of your bucket list?
“I don’t really have a bucket list as such, but more travelling would be up there.”
If you won well over £1,000,000 on the lottery, what would you spend your winnings on?
Depends on what the final outcome of the winnings would be, but probably invest it into property, treat the family, upgrade a few bits and give to charity.”
Finally, if you hosted a dinner party, who would be your chosen FIVE guests (dead or alive) and WHY?
Sir David Jason - an absolute legend and would love to meet him.
Sir Bobby Robson - he would have had some great stories to tell.
David Beckham - a mainstay of my childhood watching England.
Paul Carrack - a fantastic singer-songwriter, heavily underrated.
Grandad Dougie - I would love the chance to blow the froth off a couple of pints with him.
That brings us to the end of another episode on Knowing Me, Knowing You. Now you know more about Mark, you can speak to him directly about your new website or digital marketing campaigns.