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Rob Wood, South Bedfordshire DC...
Rob Wood, South Bedfordshire DC

What would your department mascot be?

A well travelled toy lion (South Beds DC's unofficial mascot). ICT is a constant journey - but you can have fun along the way.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Local government! But seriously, the project to network the royal palaces of HM Tower of London, Hampton Court and parts of Kensington Palace. Combining ICT with historic buildings is not a task for the faint hearted.

What is the best piece of career advice you've been given?

My headmaster persuaded me to do a degree rather than pursue vocational training in TV lighting/sound engineering.

What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?

'Do or do not. There is no try,' by Yoda (from Star Wars).

Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?

Stephen Fry (a man of extraordinary talent, humour and intelligence) and Murray Walker

(a motor sport legend who has seen so much).

If you didn't work in local government, what would you do?

Either a career in sound engineering or becoming a motorcycle examiner.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Call me sad but I like the UK. If not here then probably Canada or New Zealand, both stunningly beautiful and very clean.

With which historical figure do you most identify?

Isambard Kingdom Brunel - possibly the greatest ever British engineer who got the job done and was not afraid to get involved where necessary.

What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?

All 'F' words: frustrating, fair and friendly. Probably in that order.

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