We sat down with our Company Secretary & Deployment Workstream Lead, Craig Sapio, to find out a bit more about his background, achievements and dream dinner party guests!
Please can you tell us about your role at the EIC?
I have the snappy title of ‘Company Secretary & Deployment Workstream Lead’. My day-to-day role is to act as legal counsel for EIC (the ‘Company Secretary’ part); but I also work as part of the EIC leadership team, with my focus being on EIC’s deployment processes, including the challenge of “BAU” (this is the ‘Deployment Workstream Lead’ part).
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am a qualified solicitor of over ten years, having trained and qualified with the law firm Addleshaw Goddard. For the past six or so years I have worked as in-house counsel across a variety of industries including: facilities management (ISS UK), contract service outsourcing (Centerplate) and retail (Bestway Group).
What is your biggest achievement?
My children … given that they have me as a parent I’m continually surprised at how wonderful and lovely they are!
What is your favourite thing about working at the EIC?
Definitely the team that we have. I have only been with the EIC for a little over a month but already feel so welcome and part of the family. We have fantastic, bright and hardworking people who are a pleasure to work with every day. Living only ten minutes from the office is a bonus too!
If you could invite any 3 people (living or deceased) to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
Wow … so many to choose from! I’d love the opportunity to have dinner parties with lots of people from different backgrounds, whether that’s sports or historical figures, but one of my first loves is music – and so if I only had one chance of this I’d have a music themed dinner party with: Jimi Hendrix (to hear stories first hand from a legendary guitar player); Jeff Buckley (to thank my favourite artist for his amazing music); and Josh Homme (to see if I can get a gig in his band)! I think it would be quite the event with those three on the invite list!
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
“Never stop learning” – a piece of advice given to me by my training principal when I was a trainee solicitor. It taught me to approach things with an open mind in any situation and to listen; because everyone and anyone has the ability to provide you with knowledge that you can use to achieve the best in your profession.