Managing director, Infinigate UK
What was your dream career as a child?
I don't recall when I was very young; as a teenager I knew I wanted to work in IT.
What has been your personal highlight of 2019?
Being a dad to my nine-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. I love being on the journey with them. Every moment is precious - they give me so much positive energy and perspective.
Which famous person deserves a (gentle) slap?
David Cameron. Does anyone need to ask why right now? What a mess.
What two things (apart from family) would you grab if your house was on fire?
Tatty and Kiki… other parents will understand!
Which of your 2019 predictions have come to pass?
That we would continue to be blessed with the worst politicians in our life time.
What TV show have you binge watched this year?
Blacklist and The Handmaid's Tale. I like a little light entertainment and glass of red with my wife at the end of a long week.
How has 2019 been from a business perspective?
We are now entering our best trading months of the year and it is looking good. We won five significant new vendor agreements this year (Aerohive, Netwrix, Idaptive, Entrust and iBoss) and are set for a big finish.
What annoys you most about your commute?
The air quality on the Northern Line is not great - especially at Kennington. It smells like something died.
If you could witness one past event, what would it be?
The creation of the universe, because where we come from is life's biggest question.
How do you explain the channel to people?
The channel is much more than a supply chain to deliver products from manufacture to customer… that is only the "bones". The channel is made up of talented people, with many skills and capabilities, that help people and companies conduct business successfully.
What have been your favourite and least favourite partner conference destinations?
I am not a fan of Dubai. Hawaii and Austria are pretty good.
What is the biggest challenge facing the channel in 2020?
Evolving fast enough to help companies in their digital transformation, driven by modern workers and hybrid cloud/on-premises networks. Also, in the adoption of a managed services business model, which has a very big future.
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