Introducing Mick, a recent recruit to our engineering team and the first Waddler to be based permanently overseas. Mick is an Aussie, but lives in London and works out of the office of our partners, NatWest Rapid Cash. He's currently back in Aus, spending the month with the team here in our Chippendale office. A big lover of the outdoors, when he's not in London, he can be found skiing and trekking from his chalet in the French Alps.
A big welcome to the team! How has life in the Waddle house been so far?
Life has been good with a lot of information and knowledge to assimilate. Everyone has been very warm and welcoming and very willing to share information which has been great. All the communication channels and the fact that there is a fellow Waddler on site with me has made the remote working feel quite seamless.
Who is Mick Stewart? Do you have any hobbies? Secret talents?
I am very fond of snow skiing. In fact I purchased an old barn in the French Alps in 2010 and with the help of friends and family as well as some of the local artisans, I converted it into a chalet. I try to spend as much time as I can over summer and winter, enjoying the mountains. I am also a core contributor on an open source software platform called Ikasan.
Tell us a bit about what brings you to Waddle. What were you doing before you got here?
I have been working in the finance industry for the past 12 years, all of which have been in large multinational investment banks. It has been a great learning experience and I have profited from the opportunity to work with some very smart and talented people. However, prior to those years, I worked for media and smaller startup type companies and enjoyed the opportunity to build technology unencumbered by the weight of process that can occur in larger organisations. I also think that Waddle have a very compelling model and have done incredibly well to be positioned where they are after only 4 years.
What is your first impression of Waddle? The platform? The team?
The team is flat structured and I have been given the impression that we are all free to grow into the roles that we naturally fill. This is a great way to get the best from people. I think that the platform speaks for itself. The ability to win partnerships with mature businesses after a short time in existence is a real feather in Waddle's cap.
What are you hoping to achieve here with us?
I hope to be able to help drive forward the vision of the company though my contribution in the development of the product. I also hope to be able to help build strong relationships with the partner here in the UK and create a positive image of Waddle.