Chris Dunning

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What has been your personal highlight of 2020?

Deciding to make the move to Bournemouth out of London. Now we are remote working more, the possibility to live somewhere with such great water sports and countryside for cycling was too hard to resist for this triathlete!

What has been your guiltiest lockdown pleasure?

I think like a lot of people, Deliveroo and Netflix.

Which three celebrities would you invite to a Zoom party?

Arnold Schwarzenegger for the 80s action movie insights, Alistair Brownlee for the triathlon tips and Jodie Comer for behind the scenes of Killing Eve stories.

Which tech figurehead has inspired you most this year, and why?

Daniel Schulman from PayPal, as not only have they managed to grow during the pandemic but they used their success to provide coronavirus relief loans to small businesses that were struggling.

What piece of technology, or app, have you not been able to do without during the pandemic?

Microsoft Teams because it's kept me in touch with everyone at TQ and our customers. The video calling has enabled us to actually keep being sociable and connected.

If you could be anyone else for a week, who would you be and what would you do?

At this moment, I'd probably be one of the astronauts on the International Space Station. The opportunity to see what it was like to be in space and look back at Earth (while having a week off from hearing about COVID) would be great.

Do you miss face-to-face events?

With my team, yes, but we are still trying to do smaller group social events where we can. With prospects we've embraced videoconferencing and live webinars - so we actually aren't missing the in-person seminars and meetings much at all!

How will COVID leave its mark on the way the channel operates long term?

I think even before COVID so many people were sceptical about homeworking and if it would work. Now the whole world has gone through a six-month, mandatory test run - ensuring technology and our services support this will be a must going forward.

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