Under the spotlight: Ricky Patel

Linkam has over 30 staff members who work in the labs, offices and the workshop. Over the next year or so we are going to introduce you to some of them. First up under the spotlight is Ricky Patel, a name you may be familiar with if you have made any enquires about installation or repairs, and of course you may have met him at a show...

Ricky Patel – Technical Support Executive

How long have you worked at Linkam?

Coming up to 2½ years. Time really does fly.

What’s the best part of working at Linkam?

For a world-renowned company, it has never lost the family business feel about it. Staff and customers are very much appreciated here.

Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were doing before Linkam?

I have a MChem In Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Surrey. Work experience was at Quotient BioResearch in Cambridgeshire.

Why did you choose a science career?

Growing up, my parents used to own a small newsagent and I have always had a passion for science. The scientific sales sector just seemed to have the perfect combination of both of those worlds for me.

What makes you passionate about science?

I enjoy seeing the innovation in all aspects of science, whether it is a new drug to prevent an illness, or a new probe sent into space, it is always interesting to learn about the advancements we are making.

What do your parents do?

My father is a foreign exchange branch manager, my mother works in retail. They both work at Gatwick Airport, so feel free to say hello if you are ever passing through!

How would you describe your average day at Linkam?

I’d describe it as like a good book – there is a lot of action, some comedy and a tiny bit of horror involved in everyday.

Has the company changed much since you started working here?

A lot. The company is evolving every day and it’s a fantastic feeling to be a part of it.

What are your hobbies?

Sport, sport and sport. I enjoy watching or playing almost any sport. Football, cricket, NFL to name a few – though, being a Liverpool fan, times are tough right now.

Where do you want to be in ten years?

Living in a mansion on South Beach, Miami with a super-model wife. One can only dream…

And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday?

Cancun, Mexico… Late nights, bleary eyes, and great memories.

Sounds great, my kind of holiday... Next month it will be another staff member under the spotlight but for now, thanks for reading

By Caroline Feltham