Name: Martin Turner
Job Role: Head of Service Delivery
Length of service: Joined December 2019
What attracted you to Muddy Boots: My wife actually found the vacancy online and suggested I applied. When I looked into the company and understood the problems its solutions help to solve, I couldn’t help but be interested. I also knew a couple of people who already worked for Muddy Boots and they helped to sell it to me as a great place to work!
What does a typical working day look like?: Every day is different, with the exception of the amount of collaboration that takes place at Muddy Boots. Each morning starts with a dog walk before logging on by 8am with my morning cup of coffee!
Now we’ve been working remotely for so long, we have a series of regular meetings in place across the various teams, to ensure we are maximising the way we communicate. These include daily/weekly stand-ups, providing strategic team updates and so on.
Outside of the regular meetings, I make a conscious effort to schedule time in my calendar to work on key objectives and to meet deadlines. I also attempt to get out of the house most lunch-times.
Interesting fact about you?: My wife and I appeared on ITV2 in a programme called Bad Bridesmaid. My wife went away with her bridesmaids and an actress for the weekend and had to convince the group that the actress (there to sabotage the weekend) was someone she genuinely knew and was going to be a bridesmaid at our wedding. She succeeded and we won a holiday to Australia & Hong Kong (definitely worth the embarrassment of being on TV!)
Ideal dinner party guest?: Having spent much of the last year in lockdown, I’d be happy with almost anyone coming for dinner!
Favourite food?: Thai has become my favourite in the last few years… I absolutely love the different flavours!
What makes you passionate about food / farming?: There are lots of reasons to be passionate about food and farming. I grew up in a small town called Northleach, which is in the Cotswolds. I’m not personally from a farming background but had lots of friends growing up who lived on farms and we were often out and about exploring the local land, walking through farmers fields or riding quad bikes.
As I’ve grown older, I would definitely say I’ve become a ‘foodie’. I enjoy cooking and love to try different types of local food when I’m travelling!
Any skills or talents that people don’t know about?: I’m relatively sporty! I once played football against an Aston Villa academy side against former England international Gareth Barry and also made it into the Gloucestershire u16 rugby squad (this was a long time ago!!!)
What advice do you wish you’d been given early in your career?: I probably had this advice, but I wish I would have pushed myself to go outside of my comfort zone more regularly at an earlier stage in my career. The times I have learned the most and performed my best have been on occasions where I have been thrown in at the deep end, or have taken on a new challenge at short notice!
Finish this sentence: on Sunday mornings you usually find me…… hobbling around somewhere! I still play local football on a Saturday afternoon, and it’s started to take its toll on me in the last few years. My Sunday morning dog-walk is normally at a much slower pace than the rest of the week!
What’s one item you can’t leave your house or apartment without?: Other than a face mask in recent months, I would sadly have to say my phone. It isn’t because I’m addicted to Social Media, but they are so versatile now with contactless payments, quality of cameras and the amount of different apps available, you don’t really need a wallet anymore!
Describe yourself in three words: Approachable, Collaborative, Driven
What publications do you regularly read or what book are you reading now?: I recently read the Chimp Paradox which was really interesting and I would definitely recommend this to other people.