Richard Morkel: Investor Relations & Channel Executive

This month we interview our Investor Relations & Channel Executive, Richard Morkel. We sat down with Richard to get to know him a bit better, why he chose his role at Velocity and a bit about what he enjoys doing outside of work.

 

  1. What was your background prior to joining Bluebox Velocity as the Investor Relations & Channel Executive?

I have worked in many roles within Sport, more recently in the travel industry, where I was lucky enough to visit some wonderful locations and venues. From the Benfica Academy in Lisbon to the Kensington Oval in sunny Barbados. It was in sport that I had the opportunity to work closely with some amazing people, build some great relationships with them and ultimately, I was able to help them create some fantastic memories and experiences along the way.

 

  1. What were your motivations behind choosing your role as Investor Relations & Channel Executive at Bluebox Velocity?

Getting the chance to work with some great people, be it clients or within the company itself. We come across a wide range of brilliant businesses, ideas and highly innovative individuals. In my previous role, I built up some memorable tours but also understood the costing aspect behind them, which helps make everything tick. Understanding the numbers really helps to determine value! And this is no different to finance.

 

  1. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal and/or professional?

Playing in the U20 Junior World Rugby Trophy for my country, Zimbabwe, in Salt Lake City, USA, back in 2012. We took on Japan, Georgia, Canada & Russia – which was tough, but not as tough as the journey to get there…

 

  1. What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right”

 

  1. What is your ideal way to spend a Saturday?

You’ll find me watching Liverpool, the Cricket, or some rugby at home before trying to make a paella – and on the odd occasion, I’ll be at a certain pub in Earlsfield with my mates.

 

  1. What do you find most exciting about working for Bluebox Velocity?

It is in the name Velocity really – things move very quickly here!

 

  1. If you were given £50,000 to start your own business, what business would you start?

My own sports management agency.

 

Rapid fire:

  1. If an actor were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be? Leonardo Di Caprio – and this is NOT because I think I am in anyway as good looking as he is, but because he has my Zimbabwean accent nailed in the film Blood Diamond… sort of…
  2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? – Teleporting… Too much time has been spent on a South Western Railway train
  3. Summer or Winter? Summer
  4. Favourite sport? Football edges out Cricket, just
  5. Any hidden talents? I like to think I can do just about any accent