Staying connected: Dave Brown, Learning and Development Manager
We know how vital our people are to the future of Flomatik. That’s why we want you to get to know them in a little more detail.
So, without further ado, we sat down with Dave Brown, our Learning and Development Manager, to discuss his day-to-day responsibilities, what he gets up to outside of work and his hopes for the world of telecoms…
1. Sum up your job role and what you love best about your job
As Learning and Development (L&D) Manager, my role is to create an environment where employees feel confident to develop themselves –both in their current role and for future positions within the organisation. I’ve been in L&D for many years and what I love now is the same as it’s always been: to see people be able to do more tomorrow than they can today.
2. If you had to describe Flomatik to a new recruit, what would you say?
Flomatik is a company that’s constantly running hot, where everyone has a role that’s needed and is vital to the future of the business. It’s small enough so that everyone can get to know each other but large enough to have real potential in a thriving market.
3. Are you a face-to-face meeting person or prefer virtual gatherings?
I’m a “scribble on the board” person and, as such, I like face-to-face meetings when there are plans to discuss. However, I also appreciate the flexibility that remote working brings – it’s vital for work/life balance and being able to bring in talent from wherever it may be. One of the few benefits of Covid is that it’s got people past the awkwardness of video conferencing and made it a much more relaxed and productive environment.
4. What has been your Flomatik highlight so far?
Being in a company where I feel I can make a tangible difference.
5. Who would be your dream client and why?
Highways England – there’s about to be huge uptake in smart driving, both from the road systems and the digital infrastructure required by intelligent vehicles. That’s an area that’s going to see, in my opinion, phenomenal growth over the next 20 years.
6. Complete this sentence. Connectivity to me means…
… being there when you can’t be.
7. If you could invite three celebrities to your dinner party, who would they be and why?
Clint Eastwood, Gyles Brandreth and Rhod Gilbert. Clint because of his life’s work. Gyles because I find him and his life fascinating. Rhod because I met him a few years ago. Learning about how much he’d had to go through over the past few years and his struggle to get back on top was inspiring.
8. Where would you most like to visit in the world?
The top three places I’ve been already would be Tel Aviv, Lake Nakuru in Kenya, and the southern fjords of Norway. However, the place I would most like to visit would be Tokyo.
9. How do you wind down from a working week?
Get out on my motorbike or have a drink with friends. The best option is to throw a dart at a map and disappear with my wife and our dog for a few days.
10. What are your ambitions – both personal and as a company – for Flomatik?
In Flomatik, it’s to be a key part in making the company hit its goals. Personally, I’d like to complete my private pilot’s license and travel as much as possible.