Managing director, Total Computers
What was your dream career as a child?
As a child I never really had a clear career goal; if I could roll back the clock it would have been to work in the field of sports science.
What has been your personal highlight of 2019?
Being a lifelong Spurs fan, seeing them make the Champions League final.
Which famous person deserves a (gentle) slap?
Outside of most of our politicians, I'd say Kim Kardashian. I'm not sure I need to say anything more.
What two things (apart from family) would you grab if your house was on fire?
If I didn't say the dog and the cat I don't think my daughters would ever forgive me.
Which of your 2019 predictions have come to pass?
That we wouldn't leave the European Union on 29 March.
What TV show have you binge watched this year?
I'm not expecting anyone to shed a tear but with four daughters and a busy job, I really don't find much time to watch TV. The last series I managed to watch was Narcos.
How has 2019 been from a business perspective?
Another solid year of growth while continuing to make progress with our longer-term objectives.
What annoys you most about your commute?
I'm fortunate to only live five minutes from the office. The downside being that after a bad day there isn't much time to destress before I walk through the front door.
If you could witness one past event, what would it be?
There are so many. Being a big sports fan, it would have to be The Rumble in the Jungle.
How do you explain the channel to people?
Talking from a reseller perspective, "We do the bit in the middle".
What have been your favourite and least favourite partner conference destinations?
It's difficult to answer as often all I see is a hotel and a conference centre. That said, both would be within the US: I was disappointed with Houston but loved Chicago. As far as my wife is concerned, my response is they're always disappointing!
What is the biggest challenge facing the channel in 2020?
The same as it has always been: to continually evolve with the market.
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