Kevin Halpin joined the Catsurveys family on Monday 25th September as the Operations Manager. Based in the Head Office in Brentwood, Kevin will manage the Operations department and will work as a member of the Senior Management Team. Jodi Turpin, Media and Marketing Officer, interviewed Kevin to learn a little bit more about him.
Jodi: Thank you for sitting down with me today Kevin. I promise the questions aren't too horrible! First off, how has your first week at Catsurveys been?
Kevin: It has been fantastic – everyone has been extremely welcoming and I already feel part of the team. It’s everything I thought and hoped it would be. I feel as though I have made the right decision coming to Catsurveys already.
J: That’s great to hear, I’m glad everyone has made you feel so welcome. What was your previous role before joining us?
K: I was the Operations Director for a large family-owned company.
J: Why did you decide to leave the company?
K: I received a major injury to my leg whilst coaching kids rugby so I decided to take some time out to rehabilitate fully. I also wanted more of a work/life balance which I feel is important in life.
J: So now that your first week is done, what is your target over the next 12 months?
K: I want to help, develop and grow the business, it’s people, and myself.
J: How do you believe Catsurveys is different to other companies you’ve worked for?
K: You immediately notice how open and welcoming the staff are. The company itself is innovative and forward-thinking. Catsurveys lives up to its tagline of ‘intelligent surveying’ and I’m pleased to be a part of it.
J: Now for a very important question; have you played ping pong yet?
K: Unfortunately, no. I have remained an observer for the time being, I wouldn’t want to embarrass everyone (or myself)!
J: Tell me a bad joke
K: What do you call a donkey with 3 legs? A wonky!
J: That’s hilarious, I love bad jokes...
K: Wait, there's a second part... Where does a wonky live?
J: I have no idea.
K: An un-stable.
J: I'm definitely saving that one! What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?
K: I would love to go sailing as a hobby. I'm not fussed on the type of boat, as long as it has a crew!
J: So you want to go sailing, but not actually sail?
J: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
K: My family. My two sons Callum and Finn are now both in secondary school and I am so proud of them.
J: If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
K: You have to laugh at least once a day.
J: With bad jokes like that it would be hard not to! Finally, what do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago?
K: Don't teach kids rugby!
J: Thank you Kevin, it's been great to learn a bit more about you and I'm sure the rest of the team will enjoy reading this!