Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Spotlight on Rich Quelch, Marketing and Events Manager

Rich Quelch joined us on a sunny day in July 2010. Since then he’s managed all of the team’s event activity in St Stephen’s (from a huge denim installation called Pure Jeanius to an Enchanted Hollow at Christmastime), performed 10 consecutive hours of keepie-uppies for Children in Need (his record being 105 minutes without letting the ball touch the floor), and acted as humble assistant to Keith Chegwin during the Hull Comedy Festival 2010 (his foghorn of a laugh could be heard over everyone else's). And that’s only the tip of  Rich's eskimosoup iceberg!

Rich has a swanky degree in Marketing and Advertising and has worked in marketing, events and recruitment for as long as he can remember... maybe longer.

Intrepid eskimosoup reporter Rich Sutherland caught up with Rich Quelch between his important meetings, emails and tea drinking (milk and one-and-a-half sugars) to get some inspiration from this King of Commitment.

RS: So, Rich, what would you say has been your favourite project whilst working at eskimosoup?

RQ: I’d have to say Peter’s Story as it’s such a positive and imperative venture, promoting mental health to men in the region. It’s also a very endearing project, a subject that’s close to my heart, so I feel a real passion for spreading awareness and getting the free DVD out there as much as possible.

RS: And what are you currently working on?

RQ: We have a perpetual presence in St Stephen’s that embraces a diverse programme of exciting, educational, cultural and innovative community engagement. Instead of a table stall we might have a gigantic pair of sunglasses with TV screens behind each lens giving information on eyewear, or a suitcase promoting the UK-wide project Retail Centred that’s so big it wouldn’t fit on a plane!

I’m also directing this year’s Hull Comedy Festival, which has some side-splitting acts in store for everyone. On top of that there’s Leeds Let’s Change, an online resource giving advice and support for people aged 50+ in the Leeds area who want to quit smoking, lose weight, drink more responsibly and generally enjoy life through improved health. So it’s quite a mixed bag of jelly beans!

RS: And how about Rich Quelch when he’s at home? I assume you don’t sleep in the eskimosoup office overnight?

RQ: Well, it’s true that I love the job but I have other responsibilities too. I play football for Little Weighton AFC on the weekend and they gained promotion to the Premier Saturday Division for the first time in their history last season. I also love a good old putt around the golf course. Some have even likened me to Tiger Woods… or was it Victoria Wood?

RS: Thanks, Rich. You’re an inspiration to us all!

RQ: No worries. Do we have any bourbon biscuits to go with this tea?

RS: Er... I think we've run out. *munch*

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