Job title: Chief executive.
Place of birth: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Year of birth: 1961.
Marital status: Divorced.
Career highlights: Became a company director in 1993. Led the initial management buy-out [MBO] in 1998. Started up a new company in 2000, with growth to £18m by 2004. Led a secondary MBO in 2005.
What do you love most about the IT industry? Opportunity and challenge. Love is a little strong.
Which company do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Wrong to name one. I have two I track and follow.
Which individual do you most admire or respect in the IT business? There are none I admire, but many I respect.
What is the biggest technology trend you anticipate in the next 12 months? Reseller consolidation. Selling business value, not technology.
What is the one thing working in the technology industry has taught you? Now and again you have to take chances.
Where do you think the channel will be in five years time? Back with vendor control under a franchise or an agency model.
Which do you think is the most influential vendor in the UK? IBM.
Which do you think is the most influential ISV in the UK? Difficult question. Many come to mind and it depends what focuses you have.
Which vendor's technology do you think has changed the face of IT? All major vendors have shaped the market and continue to create changes.
How do you unwind or spend your spare time? Sport: watching cricket and football, playing golf every weekend. Walking my dog and finding peace.
Where is your favourite place to eat? Local pubs with good ale and acceptable food.
What is your favourite drink? Real Ale and new world wines.
What is your favourite TV programme or film? Judge John Deed, James Bond and cricket coverage.
Who is your favourite musician, band, artist or genre? Too many to name.
What is your favourite book? A Lot of Hard Yakka, [a book about cricket] by Simon Hughes.
What career would you have pursued if you hadn't worked in the channel? I'd have carried on in professional sport.
What has been your greatest business achievement? Completing two MBOs in difficult circumstances.
What is your personal ambition? Find more time to watch sport.
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