60 seconds with Tait Communications' Richard Russell
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Richard Russell, Tait Communications' business development manager UK & Ireland

Richard Russell, Tait Communications' business development manager UK & Ireland, discusses his work and his career in two-way radio

How do you spend most of your time at work?

I really enjoy engaging with clients to better understand their communication challenges. I also work closely with Tait’s CTO, senior management, engineering, and product teams, collaborating with external organisations to develop compelling solutions to resolve their problems.

What’s the one gadget that you can’t live without?

My wife’s De’Longhi coffee machine. It was worth every penny of the £450 price tag.

Describe your most unforgettable project.

Developing communications solutions to help those using breathing apparatus on the fireground.

What’s been your most unusual experience while working in the wireless comms sector?

Flying across the Libyan desert in the co-pilot seat of a small twin-engine, 12-seater aeroplane, skimming 100 feet above the ground (ie, below radar). What an experience! Also, commissioning a multi-site conventional radio system back in the late 1980s.

What advice would you give to a young radio engineer who’s starting their first job?

I would suggest getting a thorough mix of theory, as well as hands-on education. This has to include radio frequency (RF) technology, and of course IP too. Start from the basic fundamentals and build strong foundations.

How has your role changed since you started working within the industry?

It’s changed significantly from when I was a trainee avionic RF engineer in 1982 to the present, with me providing a consultative/advisory role.

What do you do in your free time to relax?

I try to relax while playing golf, as well as watching Harlequins rugby. I’m an avid F1 fan. I also enjoy coaching my two boys with their university studies.

Richard joined Tait Communications in July 2018 as business development manager UK & Ireland, focused on critical communications for utilities, transportation and public safety. Prior to this, he gained experience in business and mission-critical narrow and broadband radio technologies at Motorola.

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