Henry joined the HD team at the start of 2013 – we took him aside and threw a few questions his way so that you can get to know his role and approach to his work a little better…
What do you do? What are the duties/functions/responsibilities of your job?
I’m the Partnerships Manager here at HD HQ…a purposely vague title. Being a small and dynamic business, we all have to muck in at various stages during the 360 degree cycle of experience delivery.
Predominately my role lies within the sales and marketing function – ensuring business and brand development (through various creative means such as The Hub), creating and tailoring unique experiences for each and every client, as well as facilitating these events on site.
That said, you’re just as likely to see me sweating bullets under a balaclava during a corporate kidnapping, as you are riding a support kayak during a Sea Survival in shark infested waters!
Why did this type of work interest you and how did you get started?
Having spent 2 years seeing the world from the subjective comfort of a leather saddle, the thought of spending the rest of my life stuck in an office seemed about as exciting as tickling the belly of a funnel web. I needed something that would challenge me, get me outside and be varied enough that I wouldn’t start eyeing my bicycle longingly with my thoughts wandering and dribble running down my chin….
As destiny would have it, I met Will (Hidden Door’s head honcho) who offered me some casual work that tickled my taste buds, and which eventually evolved into a full time position.
What do you like most about Hidden Door?
We’re an inherently creative company. We’re not afraid to share our ideas, think big and go for it. In fact, I swing my chair around for so many office brainstorms that I’m genuinely concerned that the centrifugal force will soon cause me to faint on the way home.
Our team is more fun than an old-fashioned English pillow fight, and I wouldn’t swap our gang of misfits for anything in this world. Apart from Marmite on a crumpet with a cuppa tea.
What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
Istanbul. Why? See for yourself!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
‘The desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world’ – John le Carre
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Hunter S Thompson – now that man would have some stories!
Which celebrity do you often get compared to?
Seeing as I arguably have less hair on my head than a brazil nut, its normally someone of similar follicular strength. Best I’ve got is Kelly Slater, but Wayne Rooney was a common comparison on my travels…but that might just be based on my football skills.