Rhys Williams – Strategy Director

What do you do?

I lead projects that are about thinking, strategy and consultancy. And I contribute thinking to projects that are more writing or training-led. My job’s about getting to grips with big, complicated ideas and trying to make sense of them in as few words as possible.

Why do you do it?

Because I get a kick out of unpicking knotty problems – whether that’s a sentence that won’t behave, or a fantastic business idea that unravels when you try to explain it. Also, because I love working with people I like and admire (and there are plenty of those at Quietroom).

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I’m a singer-songwriter – I’ve sung in the Albert Hall, recorded at Abbey Road and my last single  was played on Radio 2. I’m also an extremely proud dad of two small boys.

How did you get your job at Quietroom?

I answered an ad in Private Eye. It asked for a ‘passionate, literate communicator with a mix of corporate and performing experience’. So I emailed saying that in the previous week, I’d done a gig with Morrissey, and had a meeting with Prudential’s marketing director, in which he’d said he wanted to get rid of financial services jargon, before in the next breath using the phrase ‘managed disaccumulation’. That was Prudential’s marketing director by the way, not Morrissey.