November 2016, St Albans, United Kingdom
Each month we hold an informal Q+A with one of our associates. This month we caught up with Ian C.
You can view Ian’s full associate profile here.
What first sparked your interest in Shared Services?
I was already at Unisys working in a business division when Unisys set up their SSC . I transferred over to Shared Services when the SSC was about two years old and stayed with it and grew into a mature Global Business Services organisation . I enjoyed working with people of many different cultures and experiences, together with the challenge of constantly evolving the organisation, expanding the scope and breadth of services delivered and the focus on client satisfaction.
If your career hadn’t led you into this field, what do you think you would be doing now?
I hanker after being a crime writer or a music journalist – there is a book in me somewhere ! I just need the time and maybe the talent .
What motivates you at work?
Simply – to do the best job I can, make a positive difference and see the fruits of my labours in terms of tangible results.
What made you decide to study History for your Bachelors?
I enjoyed doing it at school , so thought I would carry on at University . It was mainly 20th century history so it was very much about how the world we were living in came to be . Its interesting to see how most themes come round and round .
What was your first ever job?
Deck chair attendant at a breezy Seaton Carew in North East England . Not quite Florida !
Do you have a favourite quote?
“You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred” ~ Woody Allen
As a football fan, who is your team?
The mighty Middlesbrough FC – up the Boro!!
You have been “learning guitar for 45 years” – who is your favourite guitarist?
Wilko Johnson, as well as being a great performer his personal story (recently recovering from “incurable” cancer) is amazing and gives hope
You are a massive rock fan, have you attended any particularly memorable gigs?
The Clash in 1979 was the best single gig I have ever been to. I also saw David Bowie several times at different stages in his career and he too was always amazing.