Chris Trantom

Senior Innovation Coach

What do you do at &us?

I help leaders, teams and organisations to solve complex challenges, build really great stuff and find meaning and fulfilment in their work.

What do you care about most in your work?

Reconnecting people with the fact that we are all on a ball of rock travelling at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour around an ongoing explosion, none of us is getting out of this alive, so ‘work’ bloody well ought to be meaningful and fulfilling and fun otherwise we’re just wasting time. I work hard for a world where everyone wakes up and has their best day, every day, pursuing their own potential and helping others to do the same – that is what lights me up like a pinball machine (oh, and, bonus – it’s what will make your organisation achieve great things – culturally and commercially).

What did you do prior to &us?

I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to get my hands dirty making (and breaking) loads of stuff under the broad banner of ‘work’; creating digital and physical products as well as creative roles in radio and copy and a hundred and one things in between. I’ve worked alongside established businesses like Emirates, Aviva, HP and Heineken, as well as a number of start-ups. I’m eternally grateful to all the wonderful and talented people I’ve met and who have been mentors for me along the way, and the hard-won lessons I’ve learned I now apply in the world of organisational change as a coach, consultant and mischief-maker.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

At best, pottering. Just let me potter around, please. Otherwise, you can find me playing with my son, tinkering with motorbikes, attempting to justify another record purchase, out in the woods on a walk with my dog Eddie, dreaming of the perfect sandwich, fixing something that needs fixing or taking a nap.

Talk to me about…

Sandwiches, Prince, John Martyn, quote-unquote ‘Balearic’ music, the dynamics of working in groups, fixing things, medieval England, why I really want to go on a Viking River Cruise.