What was your dream career as a child?
Playing alongside Ian Rush on the fields of Anfield Road. Or an astronaut. Neither were likely.
What has been your personal highlight of 2019?
A trip to South Africa during the summer - incredible scenery and wildlife.
Which famous person deserves a (gentle) slap?
I'm a lover, not a fighter. Although perhaps Boris Johnson is worthy of consideration.
What two things (apart from family) would you grab if your house was on fire?
Our cats, and my fabulous collection of Fabergé eggs (that last one is just a joke, burglars).
Which of your 2019 predictions have come to pass?
The public cloud markets are continuing to expand aggressively, Boris is our PM, and Liverpool won the Champions League.
What TV show have you binge watched this year?
Sex Education is worth a watch. Currently I'm re-watching Sherlock.
How has 2019 been from a business perspective?
Great. Cloudreach continues to grow in a positive way across our lines of business and in all territories. There is no sign of a slow down in cloud uptake yet.
What annoys you most about your commute?
Delays… always the delays. Such is the life of a Thameslink commuter.
If you could witness one past event, what would it be? The moon landing alongside Neil and Buzz.
The 50-year anniversary coverage has been incredible.
How do you explain the channel to people?
Companies helping other companies to sell more effectively to their chosen markets, by providing access, scale and expertise.
What have been your favourite and least favourite partner conference destinations?
My favourite: Toronto for Microsoft Inspire a few years ago. Toronto in the summer is a beautiful place to be. My least favourite: generally I enjoy them all, but the current ‘Las Vegas overload' is probably a bit too much - especially in the summer heat.
What is the biggest challenge facing the channel in 2020?
Staying relevant in a fast-moving world.
Emma de Sousa will replace Wolfgang Ebermann as EMEA president on 1 January 2021
HPE merged its sales divisions in the UK last year
David Meads takes over from Scot Gardner
Sarah Shields to become channel chief for Austria, Switzerland and the Nordics
Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst has also been appointed company's president
AdEPT plans to raise up to £4m
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