Meet the Team: Mark W

In the interest of full-disclosure and top-quality blog content, we have decided to dedicate a blog post each month to one of our lovely members of staff so that you can get an insight into who works for us and what they do. With Mark being our Director, we thought it best that he was subjected to our meet the team blog post interview first.

Welcome, Mark…

What is your job role?

My role is to interpret customers’ needs and decide how the Internet can be used to help them achieve their goals. Most of the time I'm trying to find out how the web can help them save time and/or money rather than create their team extra work. I tend to be straight talking and direct, so if I think an idea is silly I will say so, but I will try and figure out why you wanted to do it and how we can approach it another way that makes sense.

What skills do you have to use the most when working at Webselect?

Honestly... it's the straight-talking bit. I think clients appreciate it when we tell them not to spend money sometimes.

What is your favourite type of project to work on?

One where we can find ideas to make our clients lives easier and save money they had no idea we could help them with. For example, a brilliant new customer took us around their warehouse and we spotted a way that the Internet could help two systems communicate in a way that hadn't been possible before. They calculated the savings as 30% of staffing costs, a huge and unexpected saving.

How long have you been at Webselect?

Right since the beginning in 1998... when I had more hair.

Have you always working in developing?

No not at all, before starting Webselect I did have another Web Agency for a few years which I sold on, but previous to that I worked in the travel industry which meant I could live in the sunshine for a few years.

Tell us some facts about you

  • I have climbed to Everest Basecamp
  • I am a 2nd degree black belt and registered Instructor in Tae Kwon Do
  • I have a ridiculous fear of heights that I've tried to cure with parachuting, abseiling and rock climbing to no avail, I still can't go up a ladder.

What are some of your favourite things?

  • Rugby, it's an honest sport. No throwing yourself on the floor at the slightest touch and everyone has a beer together after, including the players.
  • Holidays, time off is so important which is why we close early on a Friday. Everyone needs to remember that we work so we can play. So, go play!