Managing director, Capita Networking Solutions
Which tech figurehead do you admire the most?
Probably Jeff Bezos for his tenacity and bold thinking.
What's the biggest challenge facing the industry no-one is talking about yet?
Security and data protection. It is not that we are not aware of these things, but I don't think we fully realise or want to realise the consequences of being ill prepared in that field. It is scary.
If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be?
I am going to go with three exceptional people and furthermore they happen to be women: Mother Theresa, who lived entirely to help others; Marie Curie, for her exceptional contribution to science in times when women were not expected to be scientists; and Cleopatra, for her beauty, intelligence and incredible self-belief and confidence.
How has 2017 been for you?
A bit of rollercoaster as we are in a transformational phase and we have got to keep going, believing we can do it.
What's the most extravagant business lunch you've ever had?
A lunch in Hong Kong (I was not working at Capita!) paid for by a business partner and the wine (two bottles only) came in at $1,300. I must say I will not forget the taste of this Bordeaux, St-Julien, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, and I had a steak with it!
Which global city best matches your personality?
I would go for London because it is so vibrant, cosmopolitan, a bit chaotic, stylish, open, forward-looking, setting the trend… as you can see I have a good opinion of myself!
What would be your super-hero power?
As a small child I used to be fascinated by a series called The Invisible Man starring David McCallum. I think that would give me the edge in life.
Complete this sentence. The worst thing about our rivals is… they keep coming from all angles. It never stops.
What makes you nervous?
Not being prepared, not understanding the full picture.
If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I actually love bread and butter, but I control my intake if it. I wish I could eat that all the time.
Sum up the channel in three words
Dedicated, humble, knowledgeable.
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