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Meet the Ukie team: Sam Collins

What do you do at Ukie?

I am responsible for recruiting members and ensuring they get access to the products and services that they need. I also lead on our International Trade Programme and esports work

What made you want to work in the games industry?

Whilst at University in Amsterdam I worked as a Producer in a games company for work experience. When I completed my degree I helped set up a UK office for the same company and have never looked back. So, not so much a ‘want’ to work in the games industry. It started out of necessity but I’ve loved every minute of it.

What are you playing at the moment?

I love strategy games and perennially play Football Manager (managing BHA of course) and Front Office (NFL manager). I am also playing a lot of Flutter and Stick Cricket on mobile and No Man’s Sky and Rainbow Six Siege on PC.

What do you do in your spare time, apart from playing games?

I am an avid Lepidopterist, contributing regularly to forums with identification and undertaking population studies. I am also a qualified cricket coach and, as well as playing every weekend, I also manage and coach a women’s cricket team. I also co-lead on a campaign on sustainability and emissions reduction for cricket clubs across the UK. Looking after my two children is also pretty time consuming.

Sam's children's pet tortoise, Speedy. 
Sam's children's pet tortoise, Speedy. 

Do you have a pet? (Show us a picture!) If not, what pet would you like to have one day?

I am not a pet person to be honest. I came home from work one day a few years ago and my children had ‘inherited’ a tortoise from a family friend. Named Speedy (of course) he is incredibly aggressive and will bite anything (birds, cats, people) that dares to enter his space (which is my entire garden). Despite this, I love him.