Global business partners VP Europe, IBM
What was the worst job you have ever had?
I had a summer job at Courtaulds loading asbestos into acid to make viscose. Mole check!
Which actor would you pick to play you in a movie of your life?
Stan Laurel. He was a proud Lancastrian and able to make fun of himself.
What do you do as your party trick?
I am currently reviewing options as I can no longer walk on my hands or down a yard of ale in one.
What is your favourite chocolate bar?
Caramac - a rare treat.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
I'm still waiting, but having fun on the way for 36 years.
Has 2014 been a good, bad or ugly year?
Good, bad, ugly is a typical day, but good generally; stepping up to channel transformation.
How would you explain the IT channel to a stranger without boring them to death?
We try to tell a bunch of entrepreneurs what to do with vendor products - and fail miserably.
Aside from the channel, my dream career would be... a billionaire.
What major issues will the channel face in 2015?
Ongoing transition from selling product to selling as a service. This is an issue but a big opportunity; and the ongoing struggle for relevance versus direct sales, but the channel is destined to win out eventually.
Overall revenue dipped but the vendor shipped more computers than ever before
Sales dipped but earnings-per-share losses narrowed
Simon Lambert talks to CRN about vendor’s new report on the stark reality of the UK’s digital skills gap and how partners can help guide customers through their skills shortage
Paul Evans reveals plans to take US market share from rivals and why its channel is core to its consistent growth
David Meads was appointed Cisco UK chief exec in February this year
French IT services firm reveals recent Ryuk attack has blown a hole in its operating margin
Salesforce is rumoured to be in talks with Slack over a potential acquisition
Boss of acquired ISG Technology Dave Gardner set to take the reins from 14 December