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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 our Business Development Manager - David Vallance:

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 keyworkers, without whom we would not be able to survive.

Not really changed, but re-inforced 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


Q: 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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