Getting to Know Matt Froggett

Here’s another revealing interview with one of our recent joiners. Matt joined our Web team in August 2012 straight from Hills Road Sixth Form in Cambridge.

Q. How did you get into the software industry?
A. I have always been interested in IT – and I started teaching myself a variety of IT skills from about the age of 12. It’s the only thing I have ever been really keen on.

Q. What do you most enjoy about working here?
A. The free cakes at least once a week!

Q. What have been the biggest challenges at Cromwell?
A. Just getting used to being in a professional workplace. College doesn’t teach you what to expect or how to cope with it.

Q. If you weren’t in your current role what would you choose to do?
A. I’d be at University but, sad to say, I’d didn’t get the grades.

Q. How would you describe yourself?
A. Confident, individualistic, materialistic – and happy all the time.

Q. Who, or what, makes you laugh?
A. The whole of life. It’s all funny, and I don’t have a favourite comedian, film, TV programme, book or music that I turn to when I need a laugh.

Q. Anything about yourself you’d like to change?
A. Quite a lot – starting with my height. I’m too short and dream of being six foot tall. Then there’s the size of my forehead – which is far too big. Oh, and I really wish I could stop biting my fingernails. I guess I have far too many hang-ups!

Q. Favourite food and drink?
A. I don’t have fancy tastes. I really enjoy curry, especially chicken tikka masala, and a nice cup of Typhoo (not necessarily at the same time). Plus anything you can buy at Starbucks.

Q. Biggest regret?
A. Losing interest at College and not getting the grades I needed to get into Uni.

Q. If you ruled the world for a day what would you do?
A. I’d make everyone shorter than me so they could all see what it’s like to be looked down on.

Q. What’s your pet hate?
A. Very little bugs me, but I suppose buses and trains being late are a real pain as I can’t drive and I rely on them.

Q. What’s your greatest achievement to date?
A. Learning all the skills and knowledge I have today – much of it self-taught.

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
A. My Dad. He’s a very successful businessman and a great role model.

Q. Who or what would you consign to Room 101?
A. Spiders. I find them the weirdest creatures and really can’t stand them.

Q. All-time favourite TV programme?
A. Believe it, or not, I don’t watch TV. There’s always something more interesting or useful to do.

Q. What’s your favourite piece of kit?
A. My iPhone 5.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
A. Hopefully in London. I definitely feel the lure of the bright lights.

Q. Surfing or Safari?
A. Neither. My favourite holiday is just lazing around on a beach or beside a pool – zero effort involved.

Q. What surprises you?
A. My alarm clock.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I have a freaky finger on my left hand. You really need to see it to understand! Not sure how useful it is, though, so maybe it’s more of an accident of birth than a real talent.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island who would you most want to land on the beach?
A. Someone – anyone – with a seaworthy boat that could get me out of there.