Sector director - enterprise, Computacenter
What was your dream career as a child?
To be a Charlie's Angel.
What has been your personal highlight of 2019?
Taking a nine-week sabbatical (May & June) to support my children through their A-levels and GCSEs.
Which famous person deserves a (gentle) slap?
Angelina Jolie - she has no girl code!
What two things (apart from family) would you grab if your house was on fire?
Gin and lip gloss.
Which of your 2019 predictions have come to pass?
Change in our industry is the only constant.
What TV show have you binge watched this year?
Love Island for the first time.
How has 2019 been from a business perspective?
We have seen successful completion of some exciting projects for our customers and seen new customers come on board.
We are satisfied but there is still plenty to do to ensure we maintain our long-term customer relationships and growth agenda.
What annoys you most about your commute?
Having a team and customers that span the UK, rarely are any two days the same. However, backpacks in my face while sat on the train is a real bugbear of mine!
If you could witness one past event, what would it be?
I would like to have been sat round the Cabinet table when David Cameron decided to go to the country and put the decision around Brexit into the hands of the UK electorate. I'd love to understand the advice he was getting at the time, what he thought the outcome was going to be and what was the final thing that made his mind up to go to referendum.
How do you explain the channel to people?
We act as trusted advisors initially on determining the right technology to meet requirements. Using our experience, capability and subject matter expertise to source, deploy and ultimately managing that environment for our customers.
What have been your favourite and least favourite partner conference destinations?
I rarely get invited to vendor conferences. However, my favourite location for a Computacenter event was Barcelona and my least favourite location would be many years ago when I worked for Compaq. We had a conference in Brighton at the Grand Hotel and the bombing that had happened a couple of years before still felt very fresh in my mind!
What is the biggest challenge facing the channel in 2020?
The same as it was in 2019 - how to monetise cloud-based services.