However here we go 5 things you might not know about me:
- By the time I was 16 I was making a good income – for a school kid – with a large window cleaning round. By 17 I was also employed by my school as a handyman, and had the keys to the whole school, I spent most of my early evenings repairing desks, doors etc. By 18 I was working in the holidays as a painter as well. It’s not surprising therefore that although I didn’t get pocket money I was the richest kid in school!
- My first real hobby whilst I was in sixth form was scuba diving and I payed for all the gear, holidays and training myself using the income from my jobs. I really enjoyed it but eventually gave up on it because it was too time consuming and diving off the coast of England lost its appeal. I was also a competitive swimmer and long distance runner both of which helped me progress rapidly as a diver.
- I have lived in 17 different places, excluding visits and holidays, but including 2 long stays in hospital. Several of these “homes” have been pretty grotty, but I was happy enough and sometimes it’s good to remember that.
- I love kids, especially babies – which I am very good with – but after giving birth to 4 great girls my wife is not too keen on any more.
- I have devoted most of my working life (20 years) to improving the day to day productivity and enjoyment of the people I deliver IT solutions too. I almost never think of IT in terms of the technology, it’s all about the people who’s lives I am going to impact. Several times I have delivered systems that might have resulted in people losing their jobs but in every case I found ways to keep them gainfully employed. Despite having mild Asbergers syndrome I get very concerned over the welfare of my peers, team members and customers and although lots of people tell me this is a weakness I consider it a blessing.