My Working Life by Richard Jarvill

The managing director of JMT talks furniture and floorcoverings, his first foray into events and being an extra in a Brad Pitt film.

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I was born in Wiltshire, but grew up around the world, including Singapore, Germany and various places around the UK. It’s difficult to know where ‘home’ is.


My father was in the military, which meant that the whole family was in the military!


At school I was very sporty. I loved playing rugby and hockey. I also liked the Sciences but realised too late that I wasn’t particularly suited to the academic side of life, I liked the practical stuff too much.


My first paid job was working as a shelf stacker in a supermarket on Saturdays, but what I consider my first real job – which lasted over 20 years – was as a pilot in the army.


The oddest moment (that can be broadcast) from my early working life was when we were tasked to fly Father Christmas to visit the troops while deployed on operations. I took considerably longer than when he does it with his reindeers!


My first foray into events was when I managed our helicopter aerobatic display team and we were sponsored by a company that wanted to use us as part of their marketing. I was involved in all aspects, including organising and participating in a number of their publicity events.


I fell into the role of MD of JMT by accident, in November 2015. I had relocated from overseas and was looking for a role close to home.


I’ve got three kids and a dog, so I spend my weekends ferrying them wherever they need to be and acting as the bank of dad.


I’m pretty good at coping with stress, but do tend to want to find a quiet place to chill and read to let off steam.


I’ve tried most extreme sports when I was younger. I really didn’t like rock climbing, couldn’t stand up on a windsurf board and the parachuting thing never really worked for me. I really loved ski-mountaineering however, and went on a few expeditions walking up mountains before skiing down them off-piste.


My current hobbies tend to be a bit more sedate, as my knees don’t do extreme anymore. I love to fly-fish and love to take the family skiing (using cable cars instead of my own two feet) and watching the kids play their sports.


I’m married to the most wonderful woman, who has been very patient and has moved with me around the world, looking after three kids brilliantly while I have been deployed.


Our last holiday was a family trip of a lifetime to Thailand. We all agreed that it was fantastic. Lovely country and wonderful people.


JMT provides furniture and floorcoverings to so many events in the UK and in mainland Europe that it’s difficult to pick a favourite. It’s great seeing such a variety of industries that attend the events, but I do like going to tech shows.


I was recently an extra in Brad Pitt film, which will be released in 2017…


I was going to apply for the role of EASA astronaut, but was persuaded not to as I had been spending a lot of time away from home. A good friend of mine was pretty successful in his application though; you’d maybe recognise his name.

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