Ep.57 Interview With Rob Panting, Communications Manager, OxLEP
Meet one of our clients. Rob Panting, Communications Officer for OxLEP (The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership) has been a commissioning client of ours for nearly decade – starting at the Hearing Dogs charity in 2011 and then with Affinity Trust, Bucks Care and his current employer, OxLEP.
I thought it would be interesting to ask him what he values when selecting (and retaining) suppliers such as photographers. Of course, the answer to that question is a useful insight (and the answer is NOT the quality of the photography!)
It was a pleasure to chat with someone who I really love working with and whose organisation really does value and use photography well – if you look at their website you’ll see what I mean. Rob came to our studio to chat along with Leona Weston who is their star apprentice and she also chats a little about why she chose an apprenticeship rather than college or university.
Plenty of stuff in this interview if you want to run a successful photography business.
As usual, I asked our guest to recommend a book for our virtual library and Rob recommended two. There’s enthusiasm for you.
The first is Coming Back To Me – the autobiography of Marcus Trescothick. This is a true-life sporting memoir of one of the best batsman in the game who stunned the cricket world when he prematurely ended his own England career. Trescothick’s brave and soul-baring account of his mental frailties opens the way to a better understanding of the unique pressures experienced by modern-day professional sportsmen.
The second is not a book but a magazine: Sports Illustrated. You’ll have to listen to the interview to understand Rob’s passion for sports photography. While I can’t give a link to be able to download the one book, you can subscribe to the magazine (if you fancy)_ here.