21 April 2017

Introducing Ipswich: Learn about the Town and Our Newest BCM – Christopher Walsh

Ipswich has a rich and diverse history, boasting the oldest, continuously occupied town in England. Born under the Roman Empire, Ipswich formed an essential route inland to rural settlements via the river Orwell.

However, it wasn’t until the fall of the empire and the rule of the Anglo-Saxons that the town took its ‘modern’ shape. Based around Ipswich docks, the town burst into life through trade and commerce with nearby countries connected via the North Sea.

869 A.D saw the town fall to the Vikings, where earth ramparts were established to prevent recapture of the town by the English. You can still see these surrounding the town centre, and perhaps note why they were unsuccessful in their venture.

Nowadays, the bustling industrial docks are no longer. Residential and commercial centres are emerging as the needs of the citizens are changing. Extensive renovations have seen the erection of residential apartment blocks, a university campus and a variety of leisure and tourist attractions. 

Fun Facts about the Town:

  1. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’ is set in Suffolk
  2. It is the only town in England not to have a set of traffic lights
  3. During the middle ages it used to be a famous pilgrimage destination
  4. George Orwell wrote a book based in Ipswich called 1984
  5. It is home to our newest BCM, Christopher Walsh!

Meet Chris, Ipswich Business Centre Manager and Wolves Fan

We recently met up with Chris to find out about his professional career and personal interests:

Tell us about your career before Newcross

“I started my career as a Football Development Officer at Worcestershire FA covering a sabbatical for 8 months. On completion of the 8 months I moved to Suffolk to carry out the same role. During my time as a Football Development Officer I was tasked with delivering the County Strategy in growing the game and raising standards of coaching within grassroots football.”

“Promoted to County Development Manager in 2010 my key responsibilities were to create the County Strategy to achieve the KPI's set out by the Football Association. I worked with a number of local schools clubs within the County to attract investment in their plans of improving their facilities.”

“I moved to BT to work within the Key Account Management Team, I worked closely with 35 corporate clients to support their IT and Telecommunications needs. I developed an understanding of their business to ensure that I could provide solutions to increase their efficiency and reducing their cost.”

“In 2015 I started a role at Key Training, where I began as a Recruitment Consultant with the remit of placing Apprenticeships into office based roles. This involved pre- screening and interviewing candidates to match up their suitability for the roles available. I was then promoted to Business Development Executive where I was tasked with developing and retaining clients to ensure there were enough roles to place candidates into new positions.”

What are your interests outside of work?

“I am a sports fanatic, I play and watch football and golf on a regular basis. Unfortunately I am a Wolves fan, we have not had much glory in recent years. However, I am confident that we will be pushing for promotion next season. “

“I try and stay as active as possible and recently completed the Brighton Marathon whilst raising money for Melanoma UK.”