Tell us a little bit about yourself – Your work background, your interests…
My name is Andy, I’m forty something and have lived in Trowbridge most of my life. I’ve been married for 24 years and have 3 children, I call them children but in fact all of them are more grown up than me J
I started working at Wiltshire Council in January 2014. Strangely after 25 years of employment this is my first ICT engagement. Prior to working at Wiltshire Council I worked for many different banking institutions where nearly all of my previous roles were in an administration capacity.
In 2012 I set my sights on pursuing a career in IT and started studying several Microsoft and Comptia courses. Having passed all the exams, I applied for a position as a Desktop Support Technician, the rest as they say is history…
Outside of work I have many interests, but would say that my main love is cycling. Prior to recent hip problems I was a keen Time Trialist and would often race up to two or three times a week. Now I mostly cycle for leisure but still keep involved with the TT scene by organising over 20 events throughout the year.
Besides cycling I’m a mad motorcycle fanatic and avidly follow many forms of cycle sport including Motocross & MotoGP.
What makes you have a good day at work?
When I find a parking space J. Joking aside it has to be the team I work with and the people I meet. Everybody is so friendly and positive it’s almost impossible not to enjoy the day.
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
Road Bike, Bike Rollers and Ray Mears.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Joey Dunlop and Ayrton Senna, I’m a mad motorsport fan and they don’t come any better than these two.
Dudley Moore and Peter Cook (do you really want me to explain why?).
What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council?
That’s easy, the freedom and trust given to each individual. Never once have I felt undervalued. The work is always varied and interesting, rarely are two days the same.
To be successful in IT you need to have a vast understanding of many concepts and principles. So much so that it’s almost impossible for any one individual to possess that knowledge. Fortunately the team atmosphere created within our department encourages knowledge to be shared quickly and freely, so collectively we are a real force to be reckoned with.