Managing director, Target Components
Which tech figurehead do you admire the most?
Tech has moved at phenomenal pace in the last 30 years, so it would have to be someone from the modern era and there are so many to choose from. If I have to pick one, based on the impact the web has had and will have on our lives, I'd go with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
What's the biggest challenge facing the industry no-one is talking about yet?
What happens when interest rates start to rise. We've had cheap money for so long now, it's taken for granted. And given the level of consolidation in recent years, we could see some suffer where you'd least expect to.
If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be?
Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Karl Marx. Interesting conversation and they should get on. And hopefully one of them can cook.
How has 2017 been for you?
Busy and exciting.
What's the most extravagant business lunch you've ever had?
It's normally butties in the office, so any business lunch is extravagant. I can't think of any that stand out.
Which global city best matches your personality?
That I've been to, probably Sydney. No airs and graces. Everybody seems relaxed, down to earth and happy to be there.
What would be your super-hero power?
To be able to see into the future.
Complete this sentence. The worst thing about our rivals is… when you've been in the channel as long as we have, you realise there's plenty room for everyone to do their own thing. Our success comes down to the things we do, not what others do.
What makes you nervous?
Questionnaires. And I'm not good with heights.
If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I could probably survive on bread and gravy at a push.
Sum up the channel in three words
Next to France.
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