Get to know our UK President, Luke D'Arcy, as he chats with IDG Connect about his 20 years in business...
Name: Luke D’Arcy
Job title: President
Company: Momentum UK
Location: London, UK
Years’ experience: 20
- What time do you reach the office each day?
Depends on the day and travel involved. Anywhere from 8.30am to midday. I try not to be a slave to being “office” based.
- Is your job varied?
Massively – it’s what makes it so rewarding. Meeting clients, new talent, pitching and then working out whether we should have a bring your dog to work policy or not.
- Is your job creative?
The job is brilliantly creative. I am continually inspired by the teams and clients I work with.
- What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
An old boss told me that ‘management by walking about’ was key. It has served me pretty well.
- Do you personalise your desk?
Yes. Right now, I see a picture of my kids, a framed Periodic Table of Swearing, a signed baseball and a rock paperweight that my daughter painted.
- Would you describe yourself as creative?
Well I am definitely not the Excel spreadsheet guy! If I wasn't doing this I would want to be a child’s illustrator.
- Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
There is no chanting or incense I’m afraid just a couple of double espressos and an all too infrequent street gym with our agency personal trainer.
- Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
With colleagues. Always. I love the camaraderie and sense of team.
- How many hours on average do you work a day?
Somewhere between the Dutch and Japanese average. It’s quality not quantity.
- Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Each of them are valuable in small doses. I try to keep emails at bay by face-to-face chats. I always take client calls. I try to limit internal meetings to 30mins each and no more than four a day.
- Do you use social media much for work?
Yes. We have an active Facebook, Instagram and Twitter presence. Personally – LinkedIn is probably a vice for me.
- What do you enjoy most about your work?
No day is the same – it is always a continual grenade of colour.
- What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I have no control of the company’s Spotify account. Let’s be honest, no one wants to listen to my U2 or Happy Mondays collection continuously.
- What do you do for lunch?
We have a great staff cafe so either there or a sandwich at my desk. I try to limit business lunches as it hits the midriff.
- Do you socialise with work colleagues?
We are a sociable bunch but let’s be honest – everyone has a better time once the boss leaves!
- Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
At my first job in a field marketing agency I spent weeks doing data entry. I am glad to see the back of it.
- What is your last task of your day?
A quick stroll around the agency to encourage people to go home and have a life.
- How do you like to relax after work?
If I am staying in London or Manchester then maybe a film or gym. If I am at home up near York then it is kid’s homework, cooking a meal and convincing myself that a glass or two of red a day has enormous health benefits.
- Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes. God that’s tragic isn’t it?
- Do you take work projects home with you?
I try not to physically – but mentally it can be tough to switch off.
- What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Play as much rugby as you can before your knees give out.
- If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
I would happily shadow The Times cartoonist Peter Brooks for a day. He is a living genius.
- What device did you use to answer these questions?
- Do you use your own personal device for work?
Yes – they are one and the same – it’s why after the kids use it I end up with a phone that flashes up with the game “It’s Toilet Time” when I am in meetings.