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In the Admiral spotlight – Stephen Waddington

This month our chairman Stephen Waddington steps into the Admiral spotlight to share his biggest challenges to date and tells us why he loves his job.

What do you do to relax?
I head home to Northumberland and log-off, disconnect and head outdoors.


What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

Turn up on time. Seek forgiveness not permission and a smile gets you out of most tricky situations.


What is your biggest challenge to date?
Building and exiting two agencies. Also, writing a book. I’ve two daughters, so most recently it’s recognising that puberty is not a war, it’s a development phase.


Who are your heroes, both in and out of business?
My grandfather who died last year. He was an incredible man who at 101 was larger than life itself. He was an engineer, an artist and a craftsman.


What made you want to work in the PR industry?
The opportunity to earn more than as a journalist and have great career opportunities.


What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Building two award-winning agencies that attracted great clients and really smart people.


What is your key tool in any PR campaign?
In 2013 it’s Twitter. It’ll almost certainly be something different in 2014.


What is the best thing about social media?
It is democratic and has no respect for organisation structures or hierarchy.


What is your favourite aspect of your job?
I work with incredibly smart people, no two days are ever the same, and I’m paid to hang out on the Internet.


What is your favourite quote…

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

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