Meet the Team - Trevor Richards
Welcome to the thirteenth in our series of team interviews. Each month, we’ll be asking a member of our team to tell us more about them and their involvement with rradar. This month, it’s time to hear about our rradar station Advisor, Trevor Richards.
How and when did you first become involved with rradar?
In July 2016, after seeing my position advertised on a web-based recruitment jobs board.
Who/what was the biggest influence on your decision to work at rradar?
The job role and my previous experience seemed to be an almost perfect match. I had previously run my own HR Consultancy and I enjoy advising clients on staying out of or getting out of employment difficulties.
What was your first impression of the company?
A modern, forward-looking and friendly firm. Not at all like other law firms that I had worked for in the past.
What have you found to be the most surprising/challenging aspect of working for rradar?
Every day can bring a new challenge as we have such a wide range of clients from many different industry sectors.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about working for rradar?
Go for it, it’s a great place to work where everyone can have an input regardless of their position.
How do you see rradar developing over the next five years?
Given the rate of growth I’ve seen over the last 5 months, it could be a very different firm in respect of headcount and technology but I think its core values will remain the same and still be a great place to work.
If you weren’t working for rradar, what would you be doing instead?
As my wife insists that I am too young to retire, I would probably be working as an HR Manager or advisor with a different law firm or professional services firm somewhere as it’s what I do. Either that or drinking a cold beer in a hot place!
How would someone describe you?
Depending on who you ask, it could range from easy going and affable to grumpy old man. Although one of my colleagues refers to me as the TUPE & Redundancy God!
Surprise us with a little-known fact about you
I have met HRH Prince Charles & Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. I was attending a commemorative service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the end of military operations in Northern Ireland. I even cut short a holiday in the sun to attend.
What inspires you that you think other people should know?
People who overcome all the odds to achieve their dreams, Paralympians, limbless ex-servicemen and those who embody my favourite saying of “There is no such thing as a problem, only a solution”.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy watching rugby, that’s rugby union not the funny league version they play up here, and eating out and spending time with my family.
You’re on a desert island and you can take one album, one book and one film with you. What do you take?
For the album it would be Genesis; I’d have to settle for one of the compilation albums which includes their earliest work and their more recent contemporary stuff as I like it all.
For the book it would be one of the Jeremy Clarkson compilations of his newspaper columns.
For the film, that’s a tricky one. I have a diverse taste in films from In the Heat of the Night or A Few Good Men to Pirates of the Caribbean or possibly Shrek.