Company: Widget UK.
Job title: Managing director.
Place of birth: Yorkshire.
Year of birth: 1961.
Marital status: Married.
Career highlights: Founded Widget Software in the front room of my London flat in 1987 with the help of the Enterprise Allowance. By 2000, the company had grown to a European group and was listed by the Independent on Sunday as the 41st fastest-growing private company. Today Widget UK turns over in excess of £20m a year, specialising in global positioning system units, PDAs and MP3 accessories.
What do you love most about the IT industry? It never stays the same for long.
Which company do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Hewlett-Packard [HP]. It's one of the long-term winners.
Which individual do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Donna Dubinsky, co-founder of Palm.
What is the biggest technology trend you anticipate in the next 12 months? Increased broadband speeds will allow many new services.
What is the one thing working in the technology industry has taught you? How to crawl under a desk and plug in a cable.
Where do you think the channel will be in five years time? Divided into more specialist areas as broadliners retreat in market share.
Which do you think is the most influential vendor in the UK? In hardware, it still has to be HP.
Which do you think is the most influential ISV in the UK? I suppose Microsoft.
Which vendor's technology do you think has changed the face of IT? Cisco.
How do you unwind or spend your spare time? Reading and sitting in the garden.
Where is your favourite place to eat? At a local trattoria.
What is your favourite drink? Red wine.
What is your favourite TV programme or film? Lost.
Who is your favourite musician, band, artist or genre? Spacemusic.
What is your favourite book? Shakespeare and the Bible, as they say on Desert Island Discs.
What career would you have pursued if you hadn't worked in the channel? Journalism.
What has been your greatest business achievement? Turning round Widget after 2001.
What is your personal ambition? To act as a consolidator in our section of the channel.
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