Getting to Know Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall

Another of our staff “volunteered” to reveal his innermost secrets, so here’s the confessions of Account Manager Dan Marshall who joined us in June 2010:

Q. How did you get into the software industry?
A. I’ve been building and modifying computers since I was 9 or 10 – primarily to play games on. I went into an IT environment when I left college and someone there was a friend of Jamie’s at Cromwell and he suggested I apply for a job here.

Q. What do you most enjoy about working here?
A. The project management side of my Support role. I also relish being able to give customers solutions that save them money in the long run.

Q. What have been the biggest challenges at Cromwell?
A. Coming from my last company where I was 100% on top of my job to having a steep learning curve in some areas of my role here. I really enjoy challenges, though, so I worked hard to learn the software and how the business operates.

Q. If you weren’t in your current role what would you choose to do?
A. I’d like to do more project management or maybe business consultancy on an IT infrastructure and services basis.

Q. How would you describe yourself?
A. Very hard working. Self-controlled and rather driven. A bit of a pain in the neck! I do set high standards for myself and expect a lot from others as well, and that can rub people up the wrong way sometimes. Strangely, I am much more laid back at home and I’m trying to chill more at work.

Q. Who, or what, makes you laugh?
A. Slightly off-the-wall humour like the Black Books sitcom with Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig; Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead; Jimmy Carr. I particularly love Dylan Moran’s stand-up–monster and frequent the website theoatmeal.com.

Q. Anything about yourself you’d like to change?
A. Not really. I’m pretty comfortable in my own skin. I suppose it could be an advantage to look a bit older than I do now!

Q. Favourite food and drink?
A. Curries, anything really spicy especially Indian and Thai.

Q. Biggest regret?
A. Probably not going to University as it would have given me more in-depth knowledge in some areas such as coding. It’s not clear-cut, though, as I think I had to mature faster because I went straight into work from college at the age of 17. Now I’m studying different areas for my own interest – such as Ruby on Rails, the open source web application framework.

Q. If you ruled the world for a day what would you do?
A. Wipe out debt, create a unified global currency and see if we can get economics working for the benefit of the planet instead of just enriching a few.

Q. What’s your pet hate?
A. Mowing the lawn! I prefer nature to do its own thing and not be too tidy.

Q. What’s your greatest achievement to date?
A. Moving away from my parent’s home and really gaining my independence.

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
A. Several professional people who had been working in this environment for years, who mentored me when I was fresh out of college. They really showed me how to behave in a professional environment and encouraged my ambition and desire to succeed.

Q. Who or what would you consign to Room 101?
A. The flawed global financial system.

Q. All-time favourite TV programme?
A. House – brilliant on all fronts.

Q. What’s your favourite piece of kit?
A. My Intel i7-2600K processor. It’s in a different league to anything I’ve used before.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
A. Ideally, doing project management or IT consultancy.

Q. Surfing or Safari?
A. Surfing. Well, snorkelling is more my thing. I had an amazing holiday in Egypt where I went snorkelling in the Red Sea. Apart from the warmth and clarity of the water I had a fantastic experience watching a Turtle descending into the depths. I’d love to dive properly on some of the wrecks like the Thistlegorm.

Q. What surprises you?
A. Text alerts at 3 a.m.

Q. Do you have any secret ambitions?
A. To replace my Fiesta with a MK1 Mazda MX-5. I’m a closet racing driver who thinks he can corner faster than anyone else.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island who would you most want to land on the beach?
A. Bear Grylls. He’d be really useful if it came to eating insects and drinking animal urine.