What was your dream career as a child?
Playing left back for Arsenal. Kenny Samson, Nigel Winterburn and Ashley Cole all beat me to it.
What has been your personal highlight of 2019?
Becoming a grandfather.
Which famous person deserves a (gentle) slap?
David Cameron for the Brexit EU referendum and the constitutional crisis this has caused.
What two things (apart from family) would you grab if your house was on fire?
A bottle of red wine and my football boots (realistically more likely money and phone).
Which of your 2019 predictions have come to pass?
I didn't make any.
What TV show have you binge watched this year?
Game of Thrones. I finally got around to watching it and binged.
How has 2019 been from a business perspective?
Very good. Revenue, managed services revenue, EBITDA, profitability, earnings per share have all increased in our latest results. AdEPT continues to grow and acquire companies.
What annoys you most about your commute?
Lack of a decent radio station - ad free.
If you could witness one past event, what would it be?
The demise of the Berlin Wall. It would have been great to be there on the evening of 9 November 1989 to witness the start of events.
How do you explain the channel to people?
I've given up trying to explain to my family about the cloud and so on.
What have been your favourite and least favourite partner conference destinations?
The best partner conference I ever attended was in Japan. The last one I attended was in Derby!
What is the biggest challenge facing the channel in 2020?
Profit margins as the larger vendors continue to introduce new products and services directly into the MSP market space.
Sarah Shields to become channel chief for Austria, Switzerland and the Nordics
Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst has also been appointed company's president
Dell and Dell EMC president roles merged
Cybersecurity vendor claims to have tripled its EMEA business over the last six months
Joe Macri says he will be 'retiring' from Microsoft
Distie reveals plans to sign up more vendors
Revenue climbs more than 60 per cent in Q3
Vendor says that a number of partners would not have been able to attend due to travel restrictions
London-based Microsoft partner Minttulip is one of six firms highlighted in CRN Rising Stars 2020. A focus on “success management” has underpinned its lightning revenue and profit growth, according to MD Rob Mossop