At Intelligent Play, we have recently welcomed Nick Talton to the team as Project Manager.
Nick brings extensive industry experience and will lead on project management for Intelligent Play installations around the world. In this Insights post, we chat with Nick about his previous experience, his new role and what he’s looking forward to achieving over the coming year…
Tell us a bit about your background
I’m a qualified Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager with over 13 years of leading industry expertise in delivering projects within the sports construction Industry.
Throughout my career I have delivered projects from grassroots level up to elite sports level, with a continued focus on ensuring performance, time and cost standards are achieved.
What will your new role at Intelligent Play involve?
My new role as Project Manager for Intelligent Play will see me managing projects from the initial design and specification throughout to completion, client onboarding and aftercare. I will be the primary point of contact for our delivery teams, clients and other key stakeholders around the world.
The role will see me working closely with the board of directors at Intelligent Play to deliver their vision and ensure we offer the best possible value and quality for our clients through our innovative, patented technology.
What attracted you to this role?
Being able to travel overseas and be involved with a fast-paced, growing business were most certainly the biggest attraction.
I was already familiar with the system and software in place at Intelligent Play from my career as a sports pitch contractor and have always been impressed with the level of data supplied in the dashboard as well as the reporting functions.
I was excited by the opportunity to put my career experience and education to work for an innovative and progressive company in an industry I am already so familiar with.
What are you most looking forward to achieving in the role over the next 6-12 months?
Over the next 6-12 months, I am looking forward to growing the business at Intelligent Play and adding to our ever-increasing project portfolio.
There are a varied number of sectors where we have our technology installed and I believe that over the next 12 months we will further understand the key requirements and benefits of the system for each sector to be able to deliver the best value for clients managing pitches at every level of sport.
My personal target is to ensure that we complete every project to the highest standard, on time and to the satisfaction of our clients.
How has the sports construction industry changed during your career?
Over the last 13 years, the sports construction industry has evolved through developments in technology, material availability, health and safety requirements and most recently in line with COVID restrictions and changes caused by Brexit.
One thing that is consistent in our industry is the ability to adapt to changes and to show resilience in the face of challenges to ensure we continue to manage and meet our clients’ expectations.
With the extensive industry experience you have, what do you see as the biggest benefit you’ll bring to Intelligent Play?
I believe my experience of working with the majority of the UK’s sports consultants and pitch contractors will be the biggest benefit to Intelligent Play for the successful delivery of our projects and for developing the system into wider sectors, utilising the relationships cultivated through my previous years of experience within the industry.
By understanding our clients’ requirements, we can offer the best possible experience of working with Intelligent Play and delivering unrivalled technology to help them manage their pitches more efficiently and effectively.
And, finally, how do you spend your time outside of work?
Outside of work, I am a keen all-round sports fan and take every opportunity I can to watch live sport. I also enjoy travelling (which helps with this new role) and spending time with my family and friends.