An Interview With Owain Williams

Tell us what you do for a living.

I am the Sales Director at The Change Organisation

Why are you the right person for this job?

Because I have the experience and passion. This is the best opportunity I currently have to be part of something successful and, with the support of my family, I am prepared to, especially whilst I have youth and energy on my side, put everything I can into the work we do.

What gets you up in the morning?

My unforgiving body clock

Who helped you get to where you are today?

Anyone who has either crossed my path or I’ve crossed theirs; good or bad, every experience has been invaluable to me

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

Best: Put the needs of your customers ahead of everything else you do

Worst: Any recruitment consultant who tries to tell us we’re too picky when focusing on a candidate’s grammar and spelling

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

If you’re scared of change or unable to handle it then this isn’t the career for you

What’s running on your smartphone?

Lots of things. The most used (and useful) tool is email

Tell us something most people do not know about you?

I was raised believing that, on my Father’s side, we may well be related to the last Welsh Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Parts of my name represent this lineage although I don’t have any firm proof as to this claim. However, on my Mother’s side, it is a fact that I am descended from the Malagasy nobility which is represented by my Mother’s maiden name, Andrianalizah (Google Andriana…you’ll see). I spent 6mths in Madagascar as a young child and I can vouch for the lifestyle my family enjoys there.

What goal do you have to achieve before you die, and why?

Publish a book or get around to actually patenting one of the ideas I’ve scribbled down over the years. Why? The fact that both have been on my personal to-do list for quite some time now means that they’re obviously a challenge to me and I like a challenge!

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

I don’t have a best as I enjoy books from all genres. I particularly like anything by Martina Cole (the irony is that my Wife has stopped buying them as presents for me as they get devoured in a day!) as well as any books about the Mafia or gangsters in general. Dale Carnegie’s timeless classic, How to Win Friends & Influence is another that jumps to mind.

And the best film you’ve ever seen?

Pulp Fiction. As a child though , I was obsessed with The Goonies before my Mum ‘accidentally’ recorded over it.

What would be your Desert Island MP3s?

Anything and everything by the Beatles & Oasis. That said, I listen to most types of music but only if you can actually hear the words!

What temptation can you not resist?

The last piece of cake. That’s metaphorically speaking as it’s really the other 7 before it that’s the issue.

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

A 1.0LVauxhall Corsa. Despite not really having the money to, my Parents bought this brand new for me and it was great. My main memories of it are racing my friends to college. They had your standard wannabe boy racer cars like Novas, Clios etc…and we thought we were very cool. I drive a Jaguar XF now which I, of course, don’t race around in and my coolness depends on who you ask!

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

A Great White Shark, the apex predator. Make up your own mind as to what that says about me.

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