Hi Benjamin, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?
I usually get here early and go through emails. Then I profile the outstanding tasks I have for the day and week and try to prioritise and delegate within the team.
Throughout the day I’ll be helping staff across the departments with technical queries and making sure that we’re keeping on top of the work we have.
How long have you been with the company? How did you get started?
I started working here in January 2016.
When you were a child, what job did you want to do?
I wanted to be an architect.
Work in silence or with music, background chatter and noise?
Most of the time when I need to get my head into something I’ll put my headphones on and listen to music.
What’s been your greatest moment working here so far?
Gaining my Chartered Financial Planner designation and Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society, with thanks to the company’s generous study support package and my own ongoing efforts.
What’s your drink of choice while you’re working?
And when you’re not working?
Name the best place you’ve ever visited.
‘Best’ is perhaps the wrong word, but Auschwitz is the one place that I would tell everyone to visit.
And how about the place that’s currently top of your ‘to visit’ list?
An African safari
If you have the choice between staying in and going out, which do you normally choose and what do you normally do?
I usually stay in. Since I stopped studying I’ve taken up the drums, so I spend as much time as I can playing those.
What would your ‘Desert Island’ disc, film and book be?
Disc: Rage Against The Machine
Film: A Prophet
Book: All I Ever Wrote – Ronnie Barker
Do you prepare well in advance or are you a ‘last minute’ person?
I’m in both camps, it really depends on what it is. I never pack to go away until about an hour before I’m due to leave, but the tickets and passports will have been sorted for weeks beforehand.
Who’d play you in the film of your life?
No one would commission a film of my life!!
DIY or call an expert?
As a starting rule, DIY for everything except gas and water.
If you had to compete at the Olympics, in any event, real or fake, what would you choose?
I can out talk anyone!
Do you ‘do’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Are they useful?
I’m on Twitter, mainly for professional connections and interests, and I find it really useful. I have other social media accounts but they aren’t used much.
Physical book or e-book? Do you still buy a paper? Which one?
I’m indifferent to physical or e-books, either is fine. I haven’t read a daily newspaper for a very long time.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being ‘not at all’, how clued up on technology do you feel you are?
I feel that I’m about an 8, but in reality I’m probably about a 5!