Regional Account Manager: West Yorkshire
Josh is our regional account manager covering West Yorkshire, but in the Bluestone offices he is better known for his level-headed and laidback attitude to both life and work. Always friendly and dependable, Josh prefers to take a consultative approach to his work.
Where it all began
Josh grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, but his earliest memory is from a family holiday in Lanzarote.
“I was about 4 years old and we were walking along together as a family. I knew there was something wrong with my foot and I was getting slower and slower, but I didn’t complain. After a while of moaning at me to hurry up, my dad discovered that I had a live cockroach in my shoe.”
Clearly, Josh’s laidback approach to life has been there from the beginning.
Although he spent a few years dressing up as Batman and had a childhood ambition of becoming a fireman, it was at school that Josh found his passion.
“I loved PE lessons and playing on school teams as much as I could. I was always determined to improve, even it meant spending hours and hours kicking a ball against a wall by myself.”
The world of work
With determination, resilience, and a love for sport, it’s not surprising that Josh realised his ambition by becoming a professional rugby league player. Josh played primarily for Castleford Tigers but also spent time with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in Australia as well as Newcastle Thunder.
After his professional rugby league career, Josh spent some time working in sales for sports and fitness companies before coming to Bluestone Leasing in the summer of 2017.
“I knew from my interviews with Bluestone Leasing that I would be joining a family-orientated company. I had limited knowledge about finance when I arrived, but everyone I met was so knowledgeable and friendly, I knew they would help me to develop my skills and grow.”
What motivates Josh?
A big clue to Josh’s motivations lies in the fact that Josh’s favourite place is his family’s villa in Alicante where he can sit with a chilled bottle of Rioja Chianza and do some “people-watching”. He is a family-oriented person, and his natural curiosity (or nosiness, to use his own words) makes him a great fit as an account manager for Bluestone.
Josh wants to be remembered for…
“Always having a smile on my face, and generally being a positive influence on the people around me.”
What does the future hold for Josh?
Top of Josh’s bucket list is a holiday in Bali, a long-planned trip that was postponed time and time again during his rugby league career due to injuries. He also hopes to spend more weekends in Rome eating pasta and drinking wine, and to play rounds of golf whenever he gets the chance.
When asked whether he would visit the future or past with access to a time machine, Josh replies without missing a beat, “You have to go forwards”. When we combine that with the fact that the person he admires most is the cyclist Lance Armstrong for his resilience, it is a perfect summary for Josh’s approach to both life and business.
“Never stop learning, ask for help when you need it, and keep pushing on.”