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meet me room If you could invite three guests, dead or alive, from history to dinner, who would they be and why? My first guest would be Hannibal. My philosophy is that every challenge has a solution: So you are sitting at the bottom of the Alps with the Carthaginian army and a few elephants, the obvious thing would be to find the easiest route around, but his reasoning was that if he went straight over the top, he would surprise the enemy. A magnificent 14 I would definitely love to have a bash at climbing Everest. example of leadership and I would like to question him on how he got everybody on board (although I suspect the alternatives would be a bit grim!) My second guest would be George Mallory. I suspect that the First World War had a profound effect on those who served in terms of their own attitude towards peril and, ultimately, death. What drove him to go back three times to the death zone on Everest with rudimentary equipment, the hardship, adversity and privation experienced, as well as the inherent dangers? But, did he and Irvine reach the top? My third guest is a sentimental one. My father died when I was young, and had he lived he would now be enjoying nine grandchildren. I would like them to meet the man that made it possible.   What are your hobbies/interests outside work? Sport plays a big part in my life. I love rugby and also getting out onto the road for a decent run. In addition, I also like to weight train. Away from exercising I really enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.   Do you have a bucket list of things you would like to do and achieve and what are they? Well, I would definitely love to have a bash at climbing Everest. I would also relish the chance to self-build my own home, whilst also having the opportunity to park an Aston Martin in the garage! Next up would be to get my rugby coaching qualifications – I’m still waiting for the call from Eddie Jones, he must have lost my number… In terms of work, I want to help build Business Critical Solutions into the pre-eminent IT asset solutions consultancy in the UK, then Europe and, ultimately, globally.   How would you spend your perfect weekend (imagining no travel constraints)? We recently had a family holiday in Menorca. My father in-law, my eldest son and myself were throwing about a rugby ball on the beach. Before we knew it a whole host of people joined in – it was great fun! If you throw in a barbeque and a couple of cold beers that would be a good place to start.