What has been your personal highlight of 2020?
Growing throughout lockdown. We recruited, interviewed and on-boarded seven new staff during the period.
Which three celebrities would you invite to a Zoom party?
Tim Vine, Kylie Minogue and James Corden.
What has been your guiltiest lockdown pleasure?
I have consumed more coffee and chocolate during lockdown than the average small village.
Which tech figurehead has inspired you most this year, and why?
Satya Nadella continually inspires me. His vision, leadership and good nature are excellent while the progression in technology, innovation and digital transformation tools helps the entire industry.
What piece of technology, or app, have you not been able to do without during the pandemic?
My coffee machine followed by Teams/Zoom.
If you could be anyone else for a week, who would you be and what would you do?
I'd be my wife. I know I don't appreciate her fully or comprehend everything that she does and I think understanding her world would be an education!
Do you miss face-to-face events?
I do. While there are huge time savings in not commuting, you cannot replicate the energy or connection which is created when you meet in person.
How will COVID leave its mark on the way the channel operates long term?
I think collaboration and industry events will be forever changed. Meetings with suppliers and partners are more focused, more frequent and more effective now and that will continue.
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