CEO at GP Management - Jonny Dodge

Course: BA (Hons) Product Design

Current location: London

“From airlifting 100 supercars around the world in cargo planes, to dinners with Presidents, to travelling the wonders of the world, every day is an adventure - seeking out the next one is my passion and is what’s got me where I am”.

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

I took the standard year out, which wasn’t really planned and consisted of me applying for jobs I didn’t really want. Some brief time at my father’s furniture company which fitted out superyachts brought me to Monaco, and my passion for luxury was born. Unsure of the next steps and with my father’s words ringing in my head, ‘at one point in your life you have to live in a major world city’ so London beckoned, and a two year masters degree at St Martins college - it was certainly a scary step moving to London at the time.

An internship gave me the next step up in life, and is something that I would always advocate as a must to get you on a great career path. Some great opportunities saw me go from PR, events, and freelancing to organising the Gumball Rally, owning nightclubs, organising concerts, and deals with Formula One

Has your career path changed since graduation?

Of course, but the one element that stayed true is the teaching of product design - it wasn’t just about making me a good designer, it was giving me processes and systems that I could apply to every aspect of business. The creative thinking, the problem solving, and making a dream reality - that part has never changed.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

Where do I start? I love my job, from airlifting 100 supercars around the world in cargo planes, to dinners with Presidents, to travelling the wonders of the world, every day is an adventure - seeking out the next one is my passion and is what’s got me where I am.

What, if anything, would you do differently if you could?

Nothing, why regret things in life, if you’re happy with where you are? It’s your journey that’s got you there, and some of my biggest breaks in life have come at the moment when it feels its falling apart.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

My industry? Well that’s one of the entrepreneur, the most exciting and challenging one you’ll ever find. Letting you follow your passions and dreams, take small steps, but regularly, the vision can be big but break it down, and get a mentor to guide you is the best advice.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

No matter what stage you're at in life, you will be able to name a couple of people who have changed your life, who set you off on a new direction - they may have just met you in passing or spent years advising you, but I can name one of those from Plymouth, my tutor Roberto Fraquelli, inspiring me from an average student to my first class honours and onto my masters’ degree in London.