We sat down with Jack and asked him a few extra questions about his time with Spencer Riley.
Q: What was your first impression of Spencer Riley?
A: At the time, the company only had a small team. I saw the ambition that the leadership had to turn from an office in Huddersfield to being in the heart of Leeds City Centre. Being in that team at the time, was a great opportunity to create strong friendships that have lasted both in and out of the office.
Q: What's been your favourite part of working at Spencer Riley?
A: Tough one. Seeing this company grow to what it is now and where we have had to make expansions in office space, year on year, has been special when I have taken the time to step back and appreciate it. There has also been the team-bonding exercises and incentives to racing days in York, go-karting in Wigan, our Ibiza trip last summer and, most recently, our trip to Amsterdam. They have all been truly enjoyable experiences personally and has brought the company together as a result.
Q: What does the future hold at Spencer Riley?
A: I can't fathom just how much more Spencer Riley is able to grow. When I first started, I was presented with a vision of where we wanted the business to be in 5 years' time and just three years in we have exceeded those expectations. Given my experience so far and seeing what it has taken some of our competitors to be successful, I can see Spencer Riley becoming one of the biggest regional players in the industry within a shorter timescale than I originally expected.
Q: Who's been your biggest inspiration at Spencer Riley?
A: As founder of the company, Scott's vision initially sold me into joining this business and he has already exceeded those initial expectations whilst also making the environment a great place to work over the years. I realise that behind the scenes, there has been a lot of effort into coordinating that feeling amongst people whilst also being a successful business on the balance sheet.
Adam Garvey joined shortly after me at the beginning of 2021 and has proven to be a faultless recruiter, leading as an example to myself and everybody else in the office as to how you can be successful in your role as an executive search consultant. For that alone, aside from how inspiring his story has been as an individual, he is undoubtedly one of the most inspirational people I have met in my career.
And now about you......
Q: Nike or Adidas?
A: Adidas, but it's close.
Q: Beer or spirits?
A: There are times and places for both, but spirits take it for me.
Q: Star Wars or Star Trek?
A: Star Wars all the way - still geeking out on it even today.
Q: Europe or long haul?
A: Europe - there's so many nations and cultures to explore in our continent and at a very good price from the UK. Long haul flights are good, but only once in a while.
Q: Favourite place?
A: Lisbon and its surrounding towns in Portugal.
Q: Football, Rugby, or Cricket?
A: Football, although I enjoy all three (rugby league though, I must specify).
Q: Favourite team?
A: Leeds United, for my sins.
Q: What would you sing at Karaoke?
A: Plenty of options, but my Blackpool rendition of Acquiesce by Oasis went down a storm.
Q: Ever had a nickname?
A: Amongst friends, I'm addressed just by my surname, Lister. Original, I know.
Q: How would your friends describe you?
A: Perhaps a bit old school at times, having a penchant for pub quizzes and someone who enjoys a party every now and then!
Q: What's your go-to guilty pleasure?
A: Britney Spears - God bless that woman.
Q: What 4 people would you have dinner with (living or dead)
A: Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Rory Bremner - just because those three could get a bit heavy and he would lighten things up - probably do impressions of them - and me!