In a new regular series, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’, Digital Services Manager, 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.
First up, company linchpin and Director of Operations, Ricky Crump.
Ricky joined the team having graduated from University studying graphic design, where he quickly regained recognition on work placements in London. It wasn’t long before he was taken on as an apprentice here at MWB and worked his way up the chain becoming a Lead Designer and subsequently the organisation’s Director of Operations with a financial share in the business. It’s been quite a rise for the Stevenage born designer, and one that he has not looked back on.
Ricky’s dry humour, strong work ethic and honest approach ensures he’s a popular member of the team. Where he has become a real asset working hard to project manage, introduce new features and ensure that both the team and clients alike are happy and fulfilled in what we deliver on a consistent basis.
We are lucky to have the expertise and experience that Ricky brings to the role, so let's find out a bit more about him with a Q&A session...
What’s the best thing about working at MWB?
“There’s a few, but I really enjoy working with our passionate team that have great quality to produce the work we are known for. I also enjoy helping businesses with their digital presence, providing support and care that has made a real difference to clients I work with.”
How do you like to unwind in your spare time after a busy week at work?
“The answer would have been different a couple of months ago when life was a bit more normal, but I love nothing more than spending time with my new born baby and supporting my wife. Other than that, I enjoy a game of golf when I have the time.”
THREE words that describe your personality.
Motivated, passionate and honest.
What is your passion in life?
“I am a keen Arsenal supporter. Normally, I am a frequent attendee of games at The Emirates wherever possible - hopefully fans will be allowed back in stadiums soon.”
Is there a specific experience in life that always stayed with you, changed your outlook or made you more motivated to succeed?
“I wouldn’t say there is one experience that defines me, but I believe that life is too short and that alone gives me motivation to succeed.”
What is your proudest achievement?
“I think it would have to be the birth of my son or when I graduated from University.”
Who was your role model/hero growing up?
"My Grandad - he would constantly be on the go and doing something. I spent a lot of time with him when I was younger and effectively absorbed some of those traits in myself. He was a big part of my life growing up."
Where is your favourite place in the world?
“My favourite place would have to be at home. I have everything I want and need at home with my wife and son.”
What is the one thing you could not go a day without?
“Seeing my son - even 15 minutes apart not seeing his face is tough!” **
What is your favourite song?**
“Ludovico Einaudi - Eros.”
What is your favourite Film/TV programme?
“I don't really watch a lot of TV, but I do enjoy a book, currently reading 'Rebel Ideas' by Matthew Syed.” **
What are your favourite food and drink choices?**
“You can’t beat a takeaway pizza and a can of coke!”
What would you say is your hidden talent?
“I have one hand so not many people expect me to be a good Pool player!”
What is your biggest phobia?
“I’m not a fan of people that chew their food or slurp their drink loudly next to me!”
What is your favourite motivational quote?
“Not so much a motivational quote, but my favourite phrase would be ‘delay gratification’ - the way I see it is that you wait to get something, to award a bigger something at a later time.”
What would be top of your bucket list?
“I would like to play on a professional golf course at some point. I’ve always wanted to go to Augusta where the Masters Championships are held.”
If you won well over £1,000,000 on the lottery, what would you spend your winnings on?
“I think it would have to be materialistic things such as a new car and a house, I would also give some to my family and invest a lot of it into MWB.”
Finally, if you hosted a dinner party, who would be your chosen FIVE guests (dead or alive) and WHY?
- My Grandad - it would be great to see him one last time.
- Malcolm Gladwell (Author) - I have read his books and it would be great to ask him some questions relating to the work he has produced.
- Ludovico Einaudi - I could have him playing the piano in the background.
- Arsene Wenger - It would be great to meet a legend of the club and look back on when we were successful as a club.
- My Wife - She would have to have a seat at the table!
Our first episode of the series comes to an end. However, now you know Ricky in more depth for the hard-working, passionate, Gooner loving golfer that he is, you have the opportunity to discuss areas of your digital presence for further business growth online.