10 In 10: Jonathan Oldfield, Managing Director Riverside Waste Machinery
Jonathan Oldfield, Managing Director of Yorkshire-based Riverside Waste Machinery is the latest regional business professional in the hot seat as The Yorkshire Times gives just 10 minutes to answer our 10 burning questions.
What does a typical working day for you involve?
Every day is different – it’s an extremely varied role. From meetings with customers to conference calls with our PR and digital agencies – whilst making time to tackle new business enquiries and focus on my own self-development – it’s a race against the clock. So, generally, running around like a headless chicken!
What makes your company special?
Honesty, transparency, and a commitment to treating every customer and new enquiry in exactly the same personable and professional manner.
Do you have any business rules that you swear by?
Concentrate on doing a good job!
Do you dress up or down for work?
It depends on my tasks for the day. If I’m meeting clients I will typically be in smarter attire – and if I’m with the engineers in the warehouse it will be in clothing to reflect the venue! We do provide the team with Riverside-branded t-shirts, so if it’s a casual day in the office you’ll find me wearing one of these.
What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Invest more time in yourself, in particular, self-development. And work hard – there’s usually a credit crunch looming!
What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?
We tend to keep things low-key, so a favourite spot is The Royal Oak in Staveley – a nice local pub, with great character.
How do you prefer to travel for business?
It’s not the most eco-friendly option, but I like to drive myself. I enjoy the solitary thinking time, and listening to good music or podcasts helps me focus or relax, depending on what I want to get out of the journey.
What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?
Anywhere outside – I love the outdoors. You can’t beat the peace and quiet that comes with a stroll through the beautiful woods in our region.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?
I like to stay local – anything I’ve eaten at William & Victoria in Harrogate has always been amazing!
What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?
The scenery – there are so many amazing forests, reservoirs and landscapes to explore on our doorstep. You certainly don’t have to travel far to discover the beauty that Yorkshire has to offer!