My Career Story: Jonny Murch, Director, RedTorch Ltd
Current role: Director, RedTorch Ltd
Business Development Manager, Icon World,
Account Manager, Press Association Sport
Education: MSc Management Sciences + Sports Science degree – Loughborough University
Date of Birth: 31st January 1978
GlobalSportsJobs: When was your big break in your career?
Jonny Murch: “My big break was actually just getting in to the sports industry. I was given an opportunity to join a new start-up company called Sport Services Group at the end of 2003. This was also my introduction to something that has formed a big part of my career, which is SportAccord Convention. I have worked on this since 2004 and been part of the journey the event has experienced, and were it not for this initial break I would not be in this position.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
JM: “Never burn any bridges – you never know what the future holds.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
JM: “Being part of a small company that was taken over. It was very disruptive and created difficulties, but I decided to get my head down and work hard, and I ended up learning new skills and knowledge about another sector of the industry that has been useful for me since.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What is the most difficult decision you have ever taken in your career?
JM: “Asking a member of my team to leave the company.”
GlobalSportsJobs: Tell us about Red Torch – are you hiring at the moment or are there any plans to hire new talent in the near future?
JM: “RedTorch is a very niche business delivering international sports B2B marketing services. We have been taking time to identify how and where we can take our business forwards in a way that works well alongside our existing clients and into a ‘new’ space. Now we are clearer in this regard it may be that we recruit again in the near future subject to finding new business. We have recently hired two new people so any further recruitment will be directly linked to new business so that we continue to deliver 100% to our existing clients.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What sort of qualities do you look for in an applicant for a job at Red Torch?
JM: “We are a small team so I rely on people with bags of initiative. People that are not afraid to take on responsibility. It is also essential to have is also a keen interest in how international sport works.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What do you believe is the key ingredient to putting together a successful team of staff members?
JM: “Our situation may be different to many others. As we are so small it is essential everyone gets on together, so we have to balance getting the most qualified person with someone that fits the RedTorch mould. If we have bad relationships in such a small office it could be hugely detrimental to our business and the last thing we would ever want is for this to affect the clients we represent.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What would be your key piece of advice for someone starting out in the sports industry?
JM: “Use any contacts you have to find a way to get work experience. My first sports industry work experience role during university holidays was hugely valuable and it was via a friend of a family member. I often receive calls from people I don’t know that are sons or daughters of my parents friends, who are looking for work experience, and I always make time for them. It really helped me get a start and I’m more than happy to help others, otherwise it can be tough burrowing your way into this industry.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What are your future career aspirations?
JM: “I’m currently too busy trying to build a business to think too far ahead. But I will say that from being in a place where, I guess like many, I didn’t know what I wanted to do in the future, the more work I do in the international sports sector the more confident I am becoming in shaping a future for myself in this industry.”