June 4, 2019
What do you consider to be the greatest feat in business and why?
Being in business is a journey, so I’m always drawn to examples of perseverance, of businesses being open to collaboration or innovation. A number of years ago, Hadrian Technology, the CCTV installation company I co-founded with Stuart Ferguson, was going through a really challenging time and the easiest option would have certainly been to give up.
But we were determined and driven by the idea that we had something different to offer to the market. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we grew the business to become one of the fastest-growing in Europe and since then we have gone on to be recognised by the likes of the Sunday Times Fast Track and Financial Times. It is out of that success and the business relationships we have built along the way that we have been able to launch Ocucon and bring together our talented team, as well as industry partners, like Google and HPE, to help make it happen.
Our technology is the first-of-its kind, offering unlimited cloud storage for surveillance technology. We’re revolutionising the way businesses use CCTV to defend against crime and utilise video analytics for loss prevention and business insights.
So, to have been named the Most Innovative Retail Technology Asset Protection Business by the Retail Industry Leaders Association in the US and scooped the FSB Digital Innovation Award in the space of just a few weeks, is something I’m particularly proud of as it demonstrates the journey we’ve been on.
What is the greatest physical feat you’ve witnessed by an individual and why?
It’s not so much one physical feat, but more the physical impressiveness of the person, and that would have to be All Blacks rugby union player Jonah Lomu. The sheer physicality of the man was just on a different level. He could power through opposing players time and again and keep going.
For a man with such physical might to be taken too soon by illness is incredibly sad. He transformed the game of rugby.
What about by a group or team?
It’s another sports one, I’m afraid. It would have to be the 2003-2004 Arsenal football team. In a league recognised as the best in the world, they ended that season as champions without a single defeat.
It’s not only a great physical feat, but the mental strength it takes to keep winning for a whole year is also incredible. No team has ever repeated it and I think it’s still underestimated what they achieved.
Which demonstration of intelligence/mental strength has most impressed you?
Perhaps not an obvious one, but the mental strength displayed by Terry Waite was remarkable. He was held captive for nearly five years, mostly in solitary confinement – just take a moment to think about that.
Most of us can barely manage a few hours without conversation. But to spend five years alone and to come out of that without being completely broken and to be capable of forgiveness is impressive.
Which act of generosity has inspired you the most and why?
I think any act of generosity that is anonymous is particularly inspiring. They’re the unseen or selfless acts. I suppose you could argue no act is selfless, as often the person themselves takes a lot from it, but I think anyone that gives generously, whether time or money, and doesn’t expect any recognition in return, should be commended.