Q: Where were you born? A: Blackpool, Lancashire\nQ: How many people work in your IT department? A: 19 staff (including self)\nQ: What is the size of your annual IT budget?A: Approx. \u00a32.2m\nQ: What percentage of annual turnover does IT represent?A: About 0.3 per cent\nQ: What is the basic structure of your IT department?A: Devolved within business units\nQ: Who are your key suppliers?A:Star, HP, ISC, Uniworld, Orange, COINS.\nQ: Who has\/have been the most influential people in your career?A: No specific people have influential, although my family have always played an important part in ensuring a healthy work-life balance.\nQ: Do you believe in mentoring?A: I believe that mentoring is important at all levels of the organisation - it helps set expectations and allows individuals to learn from the experiences of others\nQ: Which tools or tactics have given you most success in communicating up\/down\/across? A: Communication across organisation boundaries within a large group can be challenging. It's necessary to use a wide range of approaches: audio\/video conferencing is very powerful to coordinate dispersed groups; face-to-face meetings have their place, of course, as do collaboration tools such as SharePoint.\nQ: What is your greatest success?A: Probably integrating Keepmoat's four legacy networks into a single group-wide network without any major disruption to the organisation.\nQ: How do you keep up to date with the march of technology?A: A mix of seminars, web-casts, vendor briefings and printed\/online media\nQ: How do you deal with stress?A: Time with the family, play the piano and getting away from it all in the Lake District.\nQ: What profession would you most\/least like to attempt?A: I still have a childhood yearning to be an astronaut - no chance in reality! I would least like to be involved in the medical profession - too squeamish to be a brain surgeon or work in an emergency team!\nQ: Do you have a sport you practice or sportsperson\/team that you follow? A: No more competitive sport - try to keep active with fell-walking, cycling\nQ: What else do you do outside of work?A: Help wife with small family business letting holiday apartments in the Lake District - an enjoyable break from the world of technology. Recently tried skiing again after an 18 year break: good to find that I could still remember how to turn!\nQ: Briefly describe you career in IT leadershipA: Time with Keepmoat - 6 yearsTime in IT - 22 years\nOther interesting details:\nEducated at Oxford (MA) and Sheffield Universities (MBA); Chartered Engineer; Member of Institute of Engineering & Technology. Numerous vocational\/technical courses.