Regital is powered by our people. We’re lucky to work with some pretty incredible ones. Welcome to our “Meet the Team” series – a glimpse into the many minds that make up Regital. We caught up with Sam on all things culture, fashion and pigs watsits!
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
Sam Sharwin I worked in the fashion industry for 20 years – briefly as a designer, and then in fashion retail as a window stylist. I did a 40something career U-turn and joined Regital initially looking after the studio, which morphed into the culture side of things also, and now I’m Culture Lead.
How did you get started in digital marketing?
I enjoyed everything about working in the fashion industry for such a long time. I loved travelling, and got to see the world. Every day was different, as I was usually in a different city meeting different people. And it was obviously very creative, which is something I need from a personal perspective. Then I had a baby and everything changed.
I changed. I should say that first. Naturally my son and family life became a focal point. But the role, the company and the industry changed around me too. With hindsight it was fairly unforgiving. I couldn’t travel as much, and unfortunately that became an issue. There’s improved legislation to support new parents now, but I effectively had to juggle being a new mum in a role and industry where flexibility was problematic.
Leaving the industry was one of the hardest things I’ve done, and I enjoyed it and was really good at it, but family comes first. I wanted a role (and company) that genuinely valued flexibility and thankfully Regital was it. I’d done some work with them in the past on the studio interiors on a consultancy basis. When the studio manager position was created I was fortunate to be able to help sculpt the role and make it my own. The rest is history.
What are good skills for your role?
You have to be a self-starter. Culture transcends a business but you don’t necessarily fit into a team. I used the time off in the pandemic to keep evolving and learning about all things culture. Workplace culture is the air of a business. It’s invisible, but its effect has an impact on everything. When the wind is blowing in the right direction, everyone breathes easily. When it’s blowing against you, everything is more difficult.
You need to be a good listener and approachable. Establishing a safe space for people to talk is essential. A culture where the team feels that they can be themselves, can make it feel easier to speak out, without fear of judgement or repercussions. This can sometimes be enhanced with stories about your own mental wellbeing or challenges you’ve faced and how you overcame them. As such, being brave and honest are the other skills that I feel create a feeling of trust, where the team knows they’ll be supported, if they step forward.
Describe yourself in three words
Creative. Passionate. Thoughtful.
What are you into - tell us some of your interests?
Any sort of visual arts really. I love cinema, especially film noir and French cinema. I worked in the industry for so long that I’m still engrossed with fashion shows. I adore watching them on YouTube. It’s a guilty pleasure I won’t apologise for. As a mum, I’m also into whatever fad my son is into. Currently that’s lego and Pokemon.
What’s your proudest moment?
I’d be a bad mum if I didn’t say my son. But changing careers in my 40s is something I’m immensely proud of. To an extent I was institutionalised having worked in one industry for so long. Changing careers was beyond scary at the time, as I didn’t necessarily want to leave, but I’ve found my place now. This is home.
What’s the best thing about working here?
Everyone says – the people, and of course it is, but I want to give a different answer. Variety and flexibility. Maybe it’s my role, because I work across the teams, but the variation is brilliant, and the team and business are always looking forward. That’s infectious.
What’s your desert island disc?
Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
What’s the strangest food you’ve eaten?
Pigs testicles. They were actually really nice!
Tell us something that would surprise people about you?
I once wore a Spiderman costume as a bridesmaid outfit at a wedding
If YOU could change one thing about the world, it would be...?
Affordable childcare for everyone. Better provision and more accessible infrastructure would instantly improve both child poverty and the gender pay gap.