What has been your personal highlight of 2020?
The camaraderie of everyone, both in business and within the community; the sense that we are all in this together.
Which three celebrities would you invite to a Zoom party?
This is a big question and it will obviously depend on the mood you are in at the time. Right now I want a singalong, so…. Jay Kay (from Jamiraquai), Stevie Wonder (no explanation needed) and Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (from Curiosity Killed the Cat). I think that blend would be superb.
What has been your guiltiest lockdown pleasure?
Online poker and still playing three times a week.
Which tech figurehead has inspired you most this year, and why?
Dheeraj Pandey, the current CEO of Nutanix. He has developed the right product at the right time and with the right company ethos. He has also realised that through lockdown the most important things in life are family and he decided to step down (not immediately) to spend more time with his.
What piece of technology, or app, have you not been able to do without during the pandemic?
Zoom. Playing poker without it would not have been as much fun.
If you could be anyone else for a week, who would you be and what would you do?
Sadiq Khan. I would turn London back into the city it should be.
Do you miss face-to-face events?
100 per cent yes. We have had four major events for us cancelled this year. NOT HAPPY!
How will COVID leave its mark on the way the channel operates long term?
Short term there are big changes in the way people work. Long term we will return to pre-COVID normal. People will realise that without offices the next generation of worker will never be a possibility.