Wandsworth Council head of IT and business communications David Tidey (pictured left) has high aspirations - even dreaming of ousting current front runner Stephen Elop to succeed Steve Ballmer as the next CEO of Microsoft.
Tidey began his career at the Greater London Council as a management trainee, where he discovered computers and forged the start of a long career in London local government. He is currently a member of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Professionalism Board.
Eager to see what makes the council IT head tick, we put Tidley into the V3 Hot Seat. Tidey's Hot Seat follows those of numerous other movers and shakers in the IT industry including Newport City Council governance manager Tracy McKim and Bet365 chief technology officer Martin Davies.
V3: What would be your dream job?
Tidey: CEO of Microsoft - I hear they are looking for a new one and they certainly need someone who champions their customers. They have alienated corporate users over the past year or so.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I use a BlackBerry 9900 and an iPad. The BlackBerry is my only phone, so I use it for work as well as private use. The iPad is my own.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
For me it's Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Could you imagine if the World Wide Web was owned by some corporate body? He really did give the world a great gift.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
Remote working in all of its forms. The ability to work from anywhere has been very important to me as it allows for a better work-life balance.
What was your first job?
I was a gardener when I was about 15. I used to get into trouble for cutting things back too much. In my defence, they always looked better the next year becuase of it.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
I like the constant change. It means I never get bored.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
The whole mobile and social space has changed dramatically recently and I think there is much more development to come in these areas.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
The last book I finished was The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling). It was a cracking read.
E-readers or real books?
I like both. E-readers are great, but I still get a great pleasure from handling and reading a proper book.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
The Rolling Stones. They are still around making and playing great music.
What is your favourite film?
It's a Wonderful Life. No parent can fail to be moved by it.
Windows or Mac OS?
Windows. I work in a corporate environment so am exposed to Windows all of the time and it does the job.
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