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10 Jul 2019

"Who wouldn’t want to be doing what I do?"

While we operate on a face-to-face basis here in the UK, the work of SpecialEffect has a profoundly positive impact on people all over the world. Yet amidst this global reach, our Baz Floyd is as local to SpecialEffect as it comes.

Despite travelling all over the world in his career, Baz was born and raised just two miles across the fields from SpecialEffect Towers. A proper local lad from the heart of the Shire whose family have lived in the area for over three centuries.

Having spent the first four years of his working life building cars on a production line he went on to hold managerial positions in two of the world’s largest charities. But here at SpecialEffect he’s found his work Nirvana as part of the Fundraising and Communications team.

Close up of Baz's Forearm. Baz is wearing the EA FIFA SpecialEffect shirt"Who wouldn’t want to be doing what I do? I work with fantastic people, meet fantastic people and talk about fantastic people. I even got to be the model for the SpecialEffect FIFA shirt when EA released it back in 2017. My forearm has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. How cool is that?"

When he isn’t working on processes and GDPR here at the office, he's travelling far and wide with his colleague and close friend Nick Streeter, spreading the word to games developers about One Special Day, our largest annual fundraising event, or walking the highways and byways of Oxfordshire with his lovely partner Ali (who happens to be our wonderful Supporter Care lady).

His love of dogs, walking, West Bromwich Albion FC, fountain pens and post-punk music are regular topics of office conversation but the thing he loves to talk about most is Elite:Dangerous and his beloved gaming community. Even those of us that don’t play Frontier Developments’ epic sci-fi title have a great knowledge of the game just through listening to him.

And, judging by the tremendous support SpecialEffect receives from Frontier and their Elite, Planet Coaster and Jurassic World communities, they obviously listen when Baz talks about the work of SpecialEffect too.

So Baz, you’ve worked in the sector for over a quarter of a century and you’ve seen a lot of charities over the years. What do you think sets SpecialEffect apart?

"The passion for what we’re achieving here. SpecialEffect is the closest I’ve seen a charity come to being supported like football fans support their team. Whether it’s the games industry, gaming communities or local businesses, we have the most incredible supporters who really understand and appreciate what we’re doing. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it and often feel overwhelmed by people’s generosity and enthusiasm for the charity. It’s ace, isn’t it?"

Couldn’t agree more Baz. Truly ace!

Portrait image of Baz

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