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A day in the life – Nick Druce, head of development

Vicky Aitken
Vicky is CandidSky's marketing manager and has previously worked within exhibitions and events to drive delegate and exhibitor acquisition.

April 27, 2018

3 minute read

Welcome to a day in the life of CandidSky’s head of development, Nick Druce, as he shows us what he gets up to…

Each morning starts with Nick walking his dog Charlie, he is a “labradodale” – that’s part labradoodle and part patterdale terrier. Although sometimes he is part velociraptor.

Nick walks around his village and when the weather is nice, heads to the park with a beautiful stream for Charlie to run in and get soaking wet. You can see how much fun he is having with that huge grin on his face!

The walk clears Nick’s head in the morning and helps him focus for the day ahead.

As head of development, Nick oversees all of the technical projects that take place at CandidSky. Each week starts with a developer meeting where the team discusses what they are working on and how they are progressing. They all work closely together on projects to make sure they are delivered on time, to specification at the highest quality and to budget.


Part of Nick’s role is to keep involved at a coding level on the projects that CandidSky completes. Nick’s been interested in computers from a very early age, getting his first Spectrum ZX Sinclair when he was 8.  He started to learn coding and built his first site at 12 years old. Here, Nick is completing some custom code for a client project.


Currently, CandidSky is busy on new project so Nick’s afternoon is spent plotting out customer user journeys for a presentation as part of a new pitch. These plotted-out customer journeys provide crucial insight for a website’s navigation and subsequent build. That’s because working in a user-centred way is one of CandidSky’s key principles. This approach ensures users are at the heart of what we do. Not many other agencies do this. The essential brain food of Squares salt and vinegar and lots of cups of tea is the fuel that powers him through.

Following a long but productive day in the office, Nick heads off to his local archery club, Rochdale Company of Archers, for a few hours of practice. Nick goes to practice 3-4 times a week for 3-4 hours a session. Nick finds it a great way to unwind, relax and clear his mind. Nick took up Archery in 2016 after watching the Rio Olympics and has not looked back.


Bullseye! The perfect end to the day!

Nick loves hitting the bullseye. It’s a great sense of achievement and no matter how many you hit, it’s always a fantastic feeling. The image above was shot at 20 meters which makes the bullseye look like a 5p piece.


Next steps
Watch out for the next Day in The Life we will be featuring at CandidSky

If you would like to work at CandidSky and develop your career prospects, take a look at our Careers website for available roles and find out more about working here.

And finally, take a look at our other blog posts to see what else we have been up to.

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