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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