Meet Brett Chapman-Richards
Specifications Manager, Auckland Laboratory
So what do you do?
When people ask, I tell them I’ve become an ‘accidental’ analyst. I don’t think it’s really what I (or my managers) expected a couple of years ago, but my day-to-day work has gradually evolved to end up being a mixture of data extracts, reports, and interactive Excel workbooks. My exact title is Specifications Manager for the Auckland Laboratory.
What is your background?
I joined AsureQuality straight after completing my BSc in 2006, and although I went back to University the following year to study Linguistics, I’ve been here ever since either part or full time, except for eight months in 2011 (which I took off to complete my MA).
Have you always had the same role at AQ?
No, I started as a Sample Reception Technician, then moved into Specifications, and now more recently into my current role. Aside from AQ, I’ve also done some part-time tutoring work at the University.
What do you like most about working at AQ?
I think the answer to this is tied to what I said about my role being a bit organic – I’ve really enjoyed the fact that my work here has allowed me to develop a range of new skills. It’s never felt forced, it all just fits in nicely with whatever I happen to be working on at the time.
It may also seem odd, but learning a bit about (computer) scripting languages like VBA and SQL is actually quite exciting for me with my (human) Linguistics background.