Q&A: Peter Ransom, Oxfam
We speak to Oxfam's CIO - and a member of the IT Pro Leaderboard - about green IT and what tech life is like for a non-profit.
Describe your role in three words.
Selling the Vision
Who is your tech hero? And why?
Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the internet - without which this wouldn't happen.
I wanted to make feature films (as a cinemaphotographer). I really wanted to film the opening sequence of a Bond movie.
What does your current role involve?
A lot less technology decisions than I once thought was important!
How did you arrive at your current role?
I was approached whilst working for the BBC.
Did you always want to work in IT?
No. I wanted to make feature films (mostly as the cinemaphotographer). I really wanted to film the opening sequence of a Bond movie.
What do you enjoy most about your role/working in IT?
The large variety of work and challenges and the balance between operational issues and new ideas.
And what is your least favourite aspect about your role/working in IT?
Sometimes politics can be frustrating, although overall I don't have a particular down on any aspect of the role.
What was your first IT job?
Project Manager for a servile engineer field system (it later went on to win a Queens Award for Innovation)
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