We chatted with Project Manager Lydia: the most musical member of the Spinning Clock team and mum to our office dog Buddy!
Hi Lydia! Take us through what you do here at Spinning Clock.
I am part of the Project Management team here at Spinning Clock. This involves managing a variety of projects from producing printed brochures, to delivering live events, to creating videos and animations. As project manager it is my role to liaise directly with clients from the initial briefing, to putting together a budget and project schedule.
It is then up to me to ensure everything runs to schedule and is completed within the agreed budget. This also means communicating with the client throughout to ensure they are delighted with the final result!
How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Hmm that’s tricky…
Musical – I sing/whistle along to the radio a lot – on second thoughts better change that from ‘musical’ to ‘annoying’!
Monica (from Friends) – I can be a bit militant when it comes to office cleanliness!
Responsible – I have been delegated as the keeper of the dodgems tokens for the Christmas party! Eeek!
But in reality my primary role in the eyes of my colleagues is ‘Buddy’s Mum’, and I’m ok with that!
Tell us about what you get up to when you’re not at Spinning Clock HQ.
My weekends generally consist of walking the dog, housework, home improvements, and occasionally chilling out! I also have a degree in music, although don’t often find much time to play (flute and piano). My husband plays in a funk band – you will invariably find me on the dance floor!
While I’m nowhere near as creative as some of the fabulous designers here at Spinning Clock, I do like making things – the most recent being a skirt that I made out of a pair of vintage curtains that belonged to my grandmother!
What’s the best part of being a member of the Spinning Clock team?
The people! Everyone is very talented, friendly and helpful – it’s such a great team to be a part of! I particularly enjoy the social side – Panini Fridays of course, and the upcoming Christmas party! Another huge bonus is that I get to bring my Springer Spaniel Buddy to work! He loves it here – he’s a sociable dog who likes to be around people so it suits him just fine. He spends most of the day snoozing in his cosy bed by the radiator, and loves greeting any new visitors. Pop by if you’re ever in the area – he’d love to meet you!
Do you have any advice for someone reading who aspires to be a Project Manager?
Be prepared for any eventuality! I’m a big fan of plans and lists and timetables but in reality things rarely go as smoothly as you’d like. Often there are multiple stakeholders and suppliers involved so it’s a case of maintaining clear communication and making sure everyone knows their role and what is needed from them and when. This gives clients the confidence that, despite the inevitable hiccups and delays along the way, the entire process is under control and the end result will be delivered to a high standard.
Thanks Lydia for chatting to us this week! Join us for Spinning Clock Sit-Downs every Friday and meet the rest of the SC team. We’re a friendly bunch – you can catch up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.