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Can you describe your role at IMGS?
Probably what most people will know me for here is training and consultancy on Safe Software’s FME products, as that tends to keep me busy and out seeing our different customers.  Its also been a great way to see different parts of Ireland!  Though I’m getting more involved with projects and helping to design our solutions for customers, which is allowing me to use some more of my previous technical lead and solution architecture experience.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 pieces of tech could you not live without?
It’s a cliché I guess but I’d definitely be lost without my iPhone!  I take it totally for granted but it has everything from my email, music, maps, camera, flight tickets, to letting me pay for dinner, plus it lets me stay in touch with home when travelling.

I always love to have my Kindle with me when I travel as its one of the few times, I get to actually read these days and I no longer have to worry about books sending me over my carry-on limits!

I’m just hoping the island has power and 4G reception, so I guess the third would have to be a satellite link with a usb-charger!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I get some, I like walking, photography and spending time in the pub.  I’m lucky in that living near the countryside means that there are plenty of photogenic walks that might have the odd pub or two along the way!

What’s the best place you’ve travelled to and why?
Well Ireland obviously! But after that it’s a hard one as I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some great locations over the years. British Columbia and Vancouver has to be high on the list as it’s a beautiful part of the world with some great memories, but the best place probably has to be the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  It’s such a spectacular location and the trail really gives you a chance to appreciate the landscape and culture.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I suppose I’m lucky in that I enjoy what I do, so I’ve never really thought too hard about an alternative career.  Though I’ve always liked the idea of being an international travel/landscape photographer, sadly I fear it would be a short lived career as my photography is definitely more Instagram than National Geographic!

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?
It has to be the people here at IMGS but also the customers as well.  There is a really great team here that make coming into the office something to look forward to, and its been great to get out and meet our customers as well as see all the interesting things they are trying to do with our software.  It’s meant that the job is always interesting and challenging!

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