It’s a major-milestone month for team ExtraMile as we’re celebrating our Account Manager, Peter’s, 10 year ‘workiversary’!
Heading up our major client account, Peter’s seen some changes over the years, so we asked him to share his personal and professional highs and lows from the past decade…
1. What led you to the role? What were you doing previously and why did you apply for the job here?
I saw an advert in the Staffordshire Newsletter and it was actually my mother that made me respond to it! I was teaching geography at the time and needed to change careers so I took the plunge and sent my application in.
2. What are your fondest memories over the last 10 years at ExtraMile?
Too many to tell… One from the very early days was letting Gabrielle and Nick know we had won a major contract with the DfE (Department for Education).
A more recent one was attending the birthday celebrations of Alphamosa, a company we work with in Reims, in the Champagne region of France. It’s a hard life…
3. Any hairy moments you’d like to share?
A few, most of which I can’t divulge due to client confidentiality: getting snowed in at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport wasn’t fun.
4. What’s your favourite part of the job here?
The daily contact with a youthful, enthusiastic team and the near daily contact with people from all over Europe – who’d have thought I’d get to use my elementary Finnish whilst working in Mid-Staffs.
5. And the most challenging?
The extremely tight deadlines that some jobs get given.
6. When you’re not working hard at ExtraMile, what’s your favourite thing to do outside of the office?
Travelling! If I’m not in the office… I’m probably not in the country. I’ve just got back from South Korea – and possibly just in time! The next big trip is looking likely to be Argentina and Chile.
7. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
British Ambassador to Sweden
8. Who inspires you, and why?
No one person inspires me, rather the thoughts and deeds of a variety of people and organisations have a role in the way I live my life and work. They are as diverse a bunch of individuals and organisations as most and include friends, family (living and dead), colleagues (current and former), authors and philosophers, charitable and non-governmental organisations.
9. Do you have any personal mottos or pearls of wisdom you live by?
“The best thing you’ve ever done for me
is to help me take my life less seriously”
(from ‘Closer to Fine’ by The Indigo Girls)
“Is that the answer?” … “That depends… what’s the question?”
(from ‘Tales of the City’ by Armistead Maupin)
10. What’s your greatest achievement to date?
Outside work – Getting a Finnish Government Scholarship and studying at the University of Turku for 12 months.
At work – I can’t divulge that due to client confidentiality!