What was your first job, and how did you get into IT?
I worked out pretty early that I wanted to be in IT. School didn’t offer the qualifications I needed so I attended night classes. I started my IT career with BT, as an apprentice, when I was 16. My determination - and the fact I was the best-looking candidate, of course - got me the job.
Planes, trains or automobiles?
Planes, because I can sleep on them. Good service and being fed don’t bother me; I’m asleep as soon as I’m in my seat anyway.
Which sport should be in the Olympics but isn’t?
Darts. Those fat blokes make me feel thin, so being able to refer to them as “Olympians” would do wonders for my self-esteem.
Which fictional TV character is borrowing ideas from your life?
James Bond, more so in the later films. I’d tell you more but then I’d have to kill you.
What could prompt you to give it all up and join the revolution?
Child poverty and helping the Third World are two things I would love to get involved in when I’m finished in IT. I admire those people with enough passion to get out there and make a real difference.
Should Prince William shave his head?
If he leaves it long enough he won’t have to. He should just wait until he’s completely bald and save on money at the barber’s.
Oranges or bananas?
Bananas. Because I like them.
What is the best holiday you have ever had?
I go to the Caribbean every Christmas. You can’t beat a beach, the blistering sun, and a cocktail in hand while thinking of all those poor sods back home.
If you had a week to live, how would you fill it?
I’d visit all the places that were pivotal in my childhood and early adulthood - the places with great memories. At the same time I’d tell all my relatives I’m not leaving them anything.
...try to be anyone but myself.
What would your superpower be?
The power to heal. Simply because I can’t stand to see people suffering.
What has been your toughest moment at work, and how did you deal with it?
Finding out a trusted employee had been acting illegally and having to deal with it appropriately and as professionally as possible.
If someone shrank you to the size of a pencil and put you in a blender, how would you get out?
I’d get blended up, poured into a glass, and drunk.
Print or online news?
Print. Online news is often brief; print offers more in-depth analysis, even if it’s not up to the minute.
Would you rather draw up the plans or carry them out?
I am a drawer-upper and executor. I am a creative person, I like to analyse opportunities, plan and allocate the best people to execute them.
Where did you get that hat?
I don’t do hats; I’m very lucky that I’ve got all my own hair and I’m still blond.
What is the most important thing in business?
Winning. There are no prizes for coming second.
Chris Baldock is managing director of iNTY
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