5 minutes with…Martin Rayson, director of HR and OD

5 minutes with…Martin Rayson, director of HR and OD

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What do you like best about your job?

The generosity of spirit I see in people who work for the Trust.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Sylvia by Focus – long time ago.

Who or what inspires you?

Making the Trust a better place to work and thereby a better place for people to receive our care.

Name one thing you couldn’t live without?

Good coffee.

How would your friends and colleagues describe you?

Bit moody at times, dogged and determined. Very brief moments of enthusiasm and inspiration.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party and why?

Clive Mendonca – scored a hat trick in the play-off final and Charlton were promoted to the Premier League.

Humphrey Bogart – always to be like him; tough on the outside, but with a warm heart.

Winston Churchill – what a life he can share at the dinner table.

Who had the greatest influence on your career?

My first boss was a lovely man, but so lacking in any real ambition to change things. Decided I did not want to be like that.

What’s your favourite sport?

Cricket – I always wanted to be cricket correspondent for a broadsheet newspaper.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Make Charlton a better team … or give people greater confidence in their own ability.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show I suspect.

What talent do you wish you had?

I wish I could play the saxophone – very cool.

Who’s your favourite band? 

The Damned – but I want Teenage Kicks by the Undertones played at my funeral … what a song!

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to come I think.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

The wide sandy beaches of Northumbria.

What’s your favourite book?

Ian McEwan – Enduring Love.

If you could change one thing about where you work what would it be?

Couple of hundred extra permanent doctors and nurses.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

Ted the dog.


Box of Kit Kat Chunkys.

How would you like to be remembered?

For giving my all to try to make things better … you cannot always succeed, but you can try.