Staff Profile: Bryn Jones
Bryn Jones was certainly thrown in at the deep end.
He started his job as Commercial Sales Executive at the Cooper Associates County Ground on the same day that Somerset began their three-day pre-season match against Ireland.
“It was very much a baptism of fire for me,” he said. “The season had just started and I was learning as I went along. However, as a cricket fan, to have the chance to come and work for Somerset County Cricket Club has been great. It’s a dream job and I’m just living it.
“My job is pretty varied. It deals with everything from selling sponsorship, hospitality packages and advertising boards to conferencing and events on non-match days as well.
“When it comes to match days, we have hospitality and partnership packages to suit all budgets. From a large group booking to individual player sponsorship, there are all manner of ways for people to get involved with the Club.
“The introduction of floodlights will create new avenues of business for Somerset CCC and it’s good to see more and more companies wanting to become involved with us.”
“It’s not just about the cricket either. We have the largest purpose-built conference and events venue in the County, and are able to accommodate everything from small, intimate meetings up to large scale corporate events and banquets.
“All our packages are tailor-made to suit the needs of our clients and our highly trained staff will work alongside our customers at every stage of their event.”
Bryn talked about what he had done before joining Somerset.
“After completing university, I worked for an insurance and pension company,” he told us. “Then I went to work for a high-end butchery company in a sales capacity, supplying meat to restaurants and hotels. I did that for a couple of years before coming here.
“I was quite happy where I was. I enjoyed what I was doing and the people I worked with but then a friend of mine drew my attention to this job with Somerset and that was it. A chance to come and work for the County that I had supported all my life was just too much. I applied and was fortunate enough to be successful.
“I’ve been a Somerset follower for many years and regularly came to watch cricket here, so the temptation was just too much. To be in and around it every day is just a dream.
“I think I know what people who come here on a match-day are looking for. I know what works and doesn’t work, so every time there is a brainstorming session for a new product or package I feel I’m in a pretty good position to judge whether it’s going to be something that people will like.”
Has the job lived up to Bryn’s expectations?
“It has, but what has shocked me has been the small number of people who are actually involved in running the Club successfully. Looking from the outside you imagine that there is an army of people running Somerset but in reality there is a core of staff here working all year round who all wear many hats to make sure that the Club is running smoothly.
“Of course, on match days additional staff are taken on board but on non-match days there are relatively few people making the Club run like a well-oiled machine.
“I don’t think that I’ve ever worked in a place where people are so good at their jobs. It’s not just the players who are on that elite level, there are others here among the staff who are staggeringly good at what they do.”
How had Bryn found it working with the likes of Marcus Trescothick?
“It’s surreal,” he said. “It’s something that I still find hard to come to terms with sometimes because when I started to follow cricket and then play the game as a teenager Marcus was my hero. However, there is a really good culture here at the Club and everyone is on the same level. Everyone here is a team.”
Bryn plays cricket himself as a batsman/wicket-keeper at Bradninch who play in the Devon League.
“As and when I’m needed, I hope to be playing again this coming season,” he said. “In the past I’ve had the odd encounter playing against Jamie Overton, Dom Bess and Ben Green, which was an interesting experience.”
How does Bryn feel about coming to work every day?
“I’ve worked in some grey walled offices in the past and sometimes there has been a dread of getting up and going to work, but now I have no inhibitions at all about waking up and coming to work every day.
“At the end of the day it’s a job, but when you are selling something that you enjoy and are so passionate about that, it’s a lot easier to be enthusiastic about it.”