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Jo Bruce
Jo Bruce
8th Dec 2020

Team question challenge - David Vallance

David Vallance, Versantus' Business Development Manager, takes on the Team Question Challenge.

He'd like to have a zoom call with Yoda and he would have been an RAF pilot if he'd had a head for heights. He'd take a starter over dessert every day of the week, although he may be tempted by a hazelnut gelato!

Meet David Vallance, our Business Development Manager:

Q1: What is your favourite film or series?

A: Star Trek and Star Wars (not the most recent films) and most things Sci-fi! Oh, and to break the stereotype for non-Sci-fi it would have to be Suits.

Q2: What is the best bit of your job?

A: I love meeting people and learning about their goals and how we can help them. I also get to work with a really fantastic, friendly and talented bunch of people.

Q3: If you could start again and had to do something else, what would it be?

A: I once thought about being an airline or RAF pilot, but then I’m not a fan of heights so not really compatible. I love cooking, especially steak or slow-smoked BBQ food, but then without a beer in hand in the sun I imagine that might lose its appeal! I guess I’ll stick to what I do!

Q4: What is your favourite pudding?

A: I’m more a savoury person, so usually choose a starter over pudding, but if I had to choose Hazelnut Gelato!

Q5: Has the coronavirus pandemic changed how you see the world?

A: It’s made me realise that despite all the bad things that happen in the world, people are generally good and kind. People pulling together and helping each other has been amazing. I also have a new appreciation for all the key workers, without whom we would not be able to survive.

Not really changed, but reinforced is my frustration with the media, focusing on the negative and in my view exasperating the situation.

Q6: If you had to recommend a pub or restaurant in Oxfordshire, what would it be and why?

A: Well I live in Milton Keynes, so I have limited experience eating out in Oxford, so I’d go with The Birch at Woburn or the Old Thatched in Adstock.

Q7: If it was in the name of pleasure – would it be car, bicycle, walk, run, swim?

A: Cycling

Q8: You can invite three guests from any time in history to join you on a Zoom call. Who would they be and why?

A: Does it have to be zoom? I love technology and am all for using it to improve collaboration and efficiency, but I’m definitely missing face to face meetings. Anyway back to the question:

Richard Branson
Yoda (am I allowed that one) :-)

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