Getting to Know Jack Warden

Jack Warden

We persuaded another of our staff to submit to a quick Q&A – so here’s what Jack Warden, who joined us in June 2011 as a trainee Programmer, said to our interviewer:

Q. How did you get into the software industry?
A. I did ICT and Electronics at A Level and was really keen to find a job in which I could use those skills.

Q. What do you most enjoy about working here?
A. It’s a really supportive and friendly place. I had a holiday job in a factory one summer and no-one spoke to me at all, so I had a horrid feeling that’s what work was like. Thankfully, it’s totally different here.

Q. What have been the biggest challenges at Cromwell?
A. This follows on a bit from what I said about the factory job. I didn’t know what to do when I first started here. Not on the technical side, but more about being in meetings. I didn’t know what was expected of me in terms of joining in or keeping quiet. Now I understand about making a contribution and know how to behave in a professional business environment.

Q. If you weren’t in your current role what would you choose to do?
A. The same as here – but in the games industry.

Q. How would you describe yourself?
A. Geeky, outgoing and quite loud. That’s a total contrast to when I first joined, as I was quite shy then. I’ve really got a lot more confident.

Q. Who, or what, makes you laugh?
A. Everything. I really do find life amusing, and I’m a really happy person although I’m not completely insane and do try and treat some things seriously.

Q. Anything about yourself you’d like to change?
A. The ability to grow a proper beard. I have serious goatee envy. Why can’t I grow one like Derren Brown?!

Q. Favourite food and drink?
A. No-one’s allowed to touch my secret stash of orange & pineapple squash. Plus I have a drawer full of sweets and chocolate. As addictions go, it’s pretty minor stuff though.

Q. Biggest regret?
A. Renting a room in a house owned by a completely weird Frenchman. He never spoke to me, and did bizarre things like tape over the switch on the bathroom heater so it couldn’t be turned on. It would make a good sitcom.

Q. If you ruled the world for a day what would you do?
A. I’d make men dress up in top hat and tails, and women wear ball gowns, so we could all have a really good laugh.

Q. What’s your pet hate?
A. “Keith’s” new blue Mazda!

Q. What’s your greatest achievement to date?
A. Coming out of my shell in the last year or so – it’s much more fun being a confident person.

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
A. My Mum. What can I say? She’s just always there for me.

Q. Who or what would you consign to Room 101?
A. All the rubbish, synthesised pop music around at the moment from talentless, synthetic bands.

Q. All-time favourite TV programme?
A. Lucky Star. It’s a Japanese animation based on comic strip manga.

Q. What’s your favourite piece of kit?
A. My ancient Samsung flip-up ‘phone. It’s not smart, it doesn’t make me coffee in the morning, but it still makes calls and that’s all I need a ‘phone for believe it or not.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
A. How can I possibly plan that far ahead? It’s a tough call to plan next weekend.

Q. Surfing or Safari?
A. Surfing. I don’t fancy a safari at all.

Q. What surprises you?
A. Interviews like this.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I speak and write a bit of Japanese, and would love to visit the country one day. But I have a long way to go before I could make myself understood. The language has some interesting peculiarities – like it being spoken differently if the speaker is a man, woman or child, or depending on the relationship you have with the other person. Still, I like a challenge.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island who would you most want to land on the beach?
A. Dylan Moran. He’d be able to see the funny side.