Employee Profile: David Watkins

Employee Profiles
Good Growth People - David Watkins

What initially attracted you to work at Good Growth?

I think for me, it was a company in which I could utilise my maths degree skills – the data analytics part of the business meant that the concepts and ideas that I studied were immediately relevant. Putting those into use on something that’s tangible and has genuine value right from the start was fantastic. The client list was, and still is, very impressive, which was obviously a huge draw. I also wanted to be in Exeter, I’m from the South West and I felt at home right away. It’s now been 6 years since I joined!

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your time here?

To be confident in your ability and remember that we are experts in what we do. It was sometimes daunting early on, but you quickly realise that the data speaks the loudest.

How does your role contribute to Good Growth’s mission and core outcomes (Data, Insight, Technology)?

My role is to facilitate the generation of the insight, which then provides actionable outcomes for our clients. That’s where the Tech then comes in to deliver the next step.

In your opinion, what sets Good Growth apart from its competitors?

The Team culture. The fact that everybody is willing to give as much time as needed to everybody else to help them achieve great results for our clients.

How do you collaborate with team members from different expertise backgrounds?

I think getting everyone together in a room is so valuable. We get the best outcomes when we’re working collaboratively. Even just spinning round on my chair and asking someone a question is such a valuable opportunity to have.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone new joining Good Growth?

Start simple before you go too big too quickly. If you try to get to the impressive stuff too fast, you miss out on the importance of the story and the reasoning for what we do. Make sure you really understand what Good Growth is about.

What TV show or film are you currently obsessed with?

Planet Earth 3 and the latest series of Sex Education were both fantastic!

If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?

Tokyo. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan because of the culture. It’s such a fascinating and courteous society, and learning Japanese in school also added to the desire to go there.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I’m a pool player! Most of my evenings are spent on the table. When I was at University in Swansea I captained the team to a league title, which was very special. It’s also a great way to decompress after work.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want with you?

A lifetime’s supply of Dairy Milk, multiple crates of BrewDog Lost Lager and a Tent. A mix of practical and luxury!