Tom is Head of Talent at Immense, he can play the piano, is a huge rugby fan and keen fisherman.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what do you do at Immense?
I have spent just over 13 years in the recruitment / talent space. Working with technology giants and cool scaling tech start-ups across the world in their quest to win the war for talent. My focus has always been to try and stay at the forefront of the industry and help pioneer new and innovative ways to drive talent attraction and retention.
My role at Immense is centred around driving a “people first” culture. I work internally with the business to ensure we have the correct strategies, processes and tools in place to develop, nurture and engage our very diverse and ambitious work force. I am then tasked with driving our external recruitment efforts ensuring I position Immense as an employer of choice in a very competitive and aggressive global market place.
How did you find out about Immense and become involved in the company?
I remember, many moons ago now, sitting down with Robin and the team, when Immense was just a glint in someone’s eye. The agency I worked for recruited for the company Immense span out from. I remember discussing what tech stacks should be used based on where the talent is and who and what we need to hire over the initial 12 – 18 months whilst Immense got going. How could we get Immense to punch above its weight.
I was fortunate enough to watch and to help Immense grow over the following years. Whilst out fishing I decided that I had seen enough. After a lovely Full English breakfast with Robin and Eifion, a new role was created and my world was set to change for ever 😊
What is a typical day like for you at Immense?
Haha, typical day…. I don’t think there is such a thing here is there? What I will say is that there are exciting challenges appearing every day, from places I didn’t even know there were places! I arrive excited every morning and spend my day interacting with very smart, interesting, funny people, all hell bent on taking over the world and being “Immense” in everything they do.
What would you say is the best part about working at Immense?
As an ex-recruiter we worked long hours, never switch off and burnt the candle at both ends. But as a recently married, father of 2, my priorities changed and I wanted to find a challenging role that could satisfy both my professional and personal ambitions. My current role allows me to stay in the Intelligent Mobility space and actually use the full range of skills and tools I had learnt over the last 13 years. Most importantly, it gave me back a priceless commodity.. time… time with the family and a better work life balance.
What would you say is the most challenging part of the job?
Immense is at the stage in its evolution that corporate maturity is paramount to its success, its people are its life-blood. The biggest challenge is making sure I have left no stone unturned when laying down the foundations of Immense’s talent infrastructure. A world class product, created by a world class team, requires a world class talent function… no pressure 😊
What would you say has been your biggest career achievment?
I have been lucky enough to travel the world and genuinely partner with some truly amazing companies, building technology based products and services that I can see being used today. I have led recruitment campaigns in China and Taiwan, across Europe and the US, advising on talent best practice and building amazing companies. I don’t think I can pin point one thing, but would say that my biggest achievement probably sits in the amazing relationships I have made across the industry over my career.
What did you want to do when you were younger, did you always want to get into engineering?
I always wanted to be a Dairy Farmer! To be honest I still harbour dreams of having a small-holding one day… a dairy cow, a shire horse, a few chickens and a goat. I drive a truck, so all I need now is the farm.
What do you think the future of mobility looks like?
I am excited to see things like Hyperloop being tested and the range of new business models being spoken about. I’m not sure I can see us bombing around on hover boards like the Jetsons yet, but what is clear, is we are entering the most significant phase in the transport industry since the development of the motor car. Its an exciting time in the intelligent mobility space and Immense has an amazing opportunity to play a pivotal role in this movement.
What is the best bit of career advice you have ever been given?
That's a strange one as I have spent my whole career dishing out little pearls of wisdom to other people. Its probably about "not settling"; yes you are comfortable, know the commute, know where to get lunch, you can do the job with your eyes shut... that's the time to move! We only realise our true potential when we push ourselves out of our comfort zones.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the mobility industry at the moment?
As with most things changing old habits and public perceptions, whilst making sure these new innovations are accessible and relevant to everyone will be a challenge. Ensuring we have the correct Government legislation and policies to be able to support innovation is key. Will we actually have the infrastructure to “deliver” on some of these great ideas? Only time will tell.
When you’re not working what are your hobbies and interests?
As an ex famer and country boy I have a passion for animals and the outdoors; I love exploring the countryside with my family. I play the piano, can paint in watercolours, love rugby, football, fishing and Guinness – not always in that order. Oh and cake, I looooove cake!
If you were stuck on desert island and could take three things with you what would they be?
I could saying something witty like a boat or a Microlight. But I’m thinking more Lord of Flies….. a hunting knife, a jumbo lighter and tinfoil insulation blanket.