Helen Slinger

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What has been your personal highlight of 2020?

Being part of an organisation that stood up major critical national infrastructure programmes and initiatives in record times, including CareLines, a bedside communication product for the loved ones of critically ill patients.

Which three celebrities would you invite to a Zoom party?

Sir David Attenborough, Donald Trump and Miriam Margolyes.

What has been your guiltiest lockdown pleasure?

Alongside Tiger King, having the time to really notice the changes to wildlife, trees, flowers and fields while walking my dog Trev each day - not least of which has been watching a pair of woodpeckers hatch, raise and fledge their chicks.

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

Bill Gates, who continues to use the wealth and voice Microsoft has provided him with for philanthropic purposes including COVID this year.

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

Simples - Microsoft Teams.

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

Carole Baskin, to find out what she knows about her missing ex-husband.

Do you miss face-to-face events?

I've missed the informal social bit of events, and the opportunity this provides to share and discuss ideas. I haven't, however, missed the travel that comes with events.

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

I think that the biggest change will be that video communication will remain as a real alternative for a lot - but not all - of face-to-face meetings, which will bring with it environmental and cost benefits.

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