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Richard Leigh recently joined Advatek as our Head of Sales, get to know him in our Q&A here…

How long have you worked in the IT industry?

Aside from working on a building site for a few months after graduating from university in 1999, I have always worked is a sales capacity for organisations within the IT industry in some shape or form.

How long have you been at Advatek?

I’m brand new to the role!

What do like most about the industry & your job?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great people and businesses during the past 20 years. However, the thing that both amazes and excites me about the IT industry is the pace of evolution and the effect that the adoption of that evolution has on society. Being a part of this industry, I get to witness the impact technology can have first-hand – this time last year I was invited to a presentation by Iain Hennessey, Clinical Director of Innovation at Alder Hey children’s hospital. He showed us how surgeons were able to make a 3D print of a baby’s pelvis. The baby had been born with a 3rd limb and using the 3D model of the pelvis, surgeons were able assess how to perform the operation whilst at the same time minimising the risk to the child. Stories like that are what drives my passion and excitement for the IT industry. Technology really does change lives!

What’s your career highlight to date?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some fantastic clients over the years from, underground Hydro Electric power stations to the ICC (and I’m a huge cricket fan!) – too many to mention them all. However as corny as it may sound, since progressing into sales leadership roles, the thing that gives me most satisfaction is giving support and helping my team members flourish and succeed in their roles.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Bubble baths with candles, Love Island and Kylie. And do you know what? I make no apology – I’m not even guilty!

What’s on your bucket list?

I don’t really like the idea of a list of things to do before I die so, I can’t say I’ve made a huge list of things to do or see – I like to think I’m a bit more spontaneous than that! That said, there are a few things that spring to mind that I’d jump at the opportunity to do, given the chance – sailing around the Fjords in Norway and witnessing the northern lights and watching England in a test match at Newlands with a view of Table Mountain are up there. Have I just started a bucket list……..?

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