22 February 2021
Our new team member, Angus Townsend, joins us in his new role as SPC's Senior Consultant. Angus enjoys eating crisps, watching cricket and stumbling around after monkeys.
Let's get to know him a little bit more...
How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do now?
They would be fairly confused by the concept of social value and probably just ask me to get them some more crisps. But they would be satisfied if I told them it was a good thing, and would then run back off into the woods to whack a tree with a stick.
What’s your favourite part of your workday?
It can be very satisfying to get stuck into a piece of work which requires some problem solving, even more so if done with someone else.
What motivates you to work hard?
The positive nature of SPC’s work really helps, as does the desire to give my best and try to maximise my positive impact. The harder you work the more you get out of things.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever heard?
I can’t actually think of a single piece of advice that has cut through and been defining. Something I like people talking about and often see enacted is the desire to keep learning and developing no matter at what stage of their career they are at or how much they appear to have mastered something. Keep working on those off-cutters Jimmy.
Your top tip for wellbeing in lockdown?
Maybe surrounding yourself with plants, they really do seem to help with the workday mood. I have always hot desked in the office so haven’t been able to encase myself in them previously. It is also useful to start on that journey of keeping things alive, we are currently moving to step two and getting some fish and axolotls (with a chameleon on the horizon).
How do you address the work-life balance?
Definitely a challenge but I think it helps living with my partner and a couple of flatmates. They work pretty healthy hours so I can get pulled along into their schedule and you end up helping each other switch out of that workday mindset. It’s also not easy telling my partner I can’t watch the latest episode of Married at First Sight because I’m working late.
How would your friends describe you?
What show are you currently binge-watching?
I would like to highlight some of the hard-hitting dramas and documentaries we have been watching but really we get most pleasure from binging reality TV. Currently working our way through the aforementioned Married at First Sight (Australia), Below Deck and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
We want to hire you? I just can’t beat you at Settlers of Catan?
What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?
It is usually a split between the extremes of spending the day in bed watching tv and eating crisps or going off to explore somewhere we haven’t been before.
Thanks for taking the time Angus. Welcome to the team and good luck in your new role!