An Interview With Peter Quinney

Tell us what you do for a living.

I am responsible for all things operational at The Change Organisation Ltd.

Why are you the right person for this job?

Operations requires structure and organisation, which because of the way may brain is wired,

I find very natural.

What gets you up in the morning?

I am definitely a morning person and don’t struggle with getting up but my motivation is the need to improve both myself and my surroundings either at home or at work. (And Money)

Who helped you get to where you are today?

In my 30 years in Industry I have had 3 jobs, so I guess the 3 people who decided to employ me are a key factor, the last of which was one Graham Burns to whom I will remain eternally grateful.

What is the best or worst business advice you have received?

Best – Always know what you are trying to achieve otherwise whatever you do will result in failure.

Worst – “Trust me it will work!” In my experience this always turns into a disaster.

What advice would you give to someone starting out today in IT?

I wouldn’t limit my advice to just the IT industry. I would simply say work hard, constantly look to develop yourself both professionally and personally and above all earn the respect of those around you.

What’s running on your smartphone?

Nothing of any interest, I use it to make calls and check my emails.

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

I have never read a fictional book in my life and don’t intend to start any time soon.

And the best film you’ve ever seen?

There are 2 top of my list; “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile”

What would be your Desert Island MP3s?

Although I will listen to most genres of music, my music collection is predominately Heavy Rock.

So I would be listening to a mix of bands like Iron Maiden, Rainbow and Whitesnake to name but a few.

What temptation can you not resist?

Maynard’s Wine Gums

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

My first car was a Datsun 120Y (for the younger viewers Datsun was the forerunner to Nissan).

It was a very basic 1.2Litre 4 door Coupe back in the day when the onboard entertainment system was a Radio/Cassette player, a car phone was a public telephone box, SatNav was the AA book of the road and power steering would depend on the size of your biceps.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I have never given this much consideration before but I think I would be a cat, so I could deal with the Seagull who sits on my garage roof and is insistent that my car looks better with the white polka dot effect on the windscreen and bonnet.

If you could take part in one event in the Olympics, which would you choose and why

I don’t think that the 60metres Dressing up Dad’s race has made it into the Olympic discipline list yet but I am ever hopeful.

One year I remember putting on a dominant display of pace and dressing dexterity at my children’s Sport’s Day crossing the line ahead of the other Dad’s with a margin akin to Usain Bolt. This was short lived however because I was later disqualified during a random clothing check for using the scarf from the neighbouring lane.

If you were facing awesome peril and impossible odds, which real or fictional person would you most want on your side and why?

Colin McIver – When he wears his Batman belt and is carrying a hammer and a tin of WD40 his powers are beyond reproach.

Who was the last person you hugged and why?

My Son because he was heading back to University in Bath after he came home for the Christmas break.

Have you ever met anyone famous, if so how?, if not who would you like to meet?

Celebrity Chef James Martin – At my previous employment we provided the Small Domestic Kitchen Equipment that he endorsed and I met him on a number of occasions.

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