Typical 24: Greg McCulloch, Aegis Data
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Typical 24: Greg McCulloch, Aegis Data

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16-10-2017-greg-mcculloch-aegis-dataName: Greg McCulloch

Job title: CEO

Company: Aegis Data

Location: Lives in Wiltshire; DC in Surrey

Years’ experience: Over 20+ years of dedicated experience in the data centre industry

 

  1. What time do you reach the office each day?
    I commute from Bath to the DC in Godalming, so I aim to leave the house by 6/6.30am and M3 traffic dependant, usually arrive between 8/8.30am.
  2. Is your job varied?
    It is indeed. The industry is continually evolving and trying to stay ahead-of-the-curve offers a ton of variation aside from the normal day-to-day operations.
  3. Is your job creative?
    Customers’ needs are always different and require some degree of creativity to be able to provide solutions for them. In some ways, in a dense DC market, creativity and the ability to provide something new is an important aspect in helping stand out.
  4. What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
    As CEO, planning future strategies, implementing and analysing the results usually forms the bulk of my time.
  5. Do you personalise your desk?
    In all honesty, my mug sits there and that’s about it. I guess creativity of my desk space isn’t as strong as my business creativity.
  6. Would you describe yourself as creative?
    Yes, but again not when it comes to my desk. In my personal life, I’m most creative in the kitchen as I never follow recipes and challenge myself what to cook – it’s always a ‘mystery box’ when I’m cooking!
  7. Do you have any quirky daily rituals? 
    Nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary.
  8. Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
    Working in and building a successful company is all about working well as a team.
  9. How many hours on average do you work a day?
    9-10hr days on average.
  10. Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
    Reading and replying to emails and having meetings with various prospects, existing customers, and my team definitely takes up a considerable amount of time. Calls are part of some of the meetings if we can’t meet face-to-face.
  11. Do you use social media much for work?
    We use Twitter and LinkedIn predominantly for the business. 
  12. What do you enjoy most about your work?
    Seeing how far the DC industry has come since I started working in it over 20 years ago and seeing how much this has progressed. Also, it’s always great fun working with the team, coming together to find effective solutions for our customers.
  13. What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
    I don’t really listen to any particular music when at work. The radio may be playing in the background but most of the time I’m usually busy working away.
  14. What do you do for lunch?
    We’re pretty busy so it’s generally something light to eat whilst working at my desk, unless of course we have a client lunch booking in – then we can tuck in a bit more than normal.
  15. Do you socialise with work colleagues?
    I always have done as I think it builds a stronger company relationship. There is a line which everyone is aware of though.
  16. Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
    Doing the ISO accreditation! I’m always happy for someone else to do all the necessary steps in the long process…
  17. What is your last task of your day?
    Ensuring I have my list of ‘to-do’s’ set out for the next day.
  18. How do you like to relax after work?
    Vodka & Tonic is usually a good way to unwind at the end of a long day.
  19. Do you keep checking email through the evening?
    As we are a 24/7 industry, I am always periodically checking my mail throughout evenings and holidays.
  20. Do you take work projects home with you?
    I tend to do some budgeting at home, as it’s quieter than the office.
  21. What would you say to your 20-year old self?
    Work hard, stay true to yourself…and all that. And perhaps most importantly, don’t bet on the Oakland Raiders in the Superbowl - they will let you down!
  22. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
    Professional cycling riding in the middle of the Peloton, in a stage of the Tour de France.
  23. What device did you use to answer these questions?
    MacAir.
  24. Do you use your own personal device for work?
    I use my own iPhone and can more or less do everything I need to do whilst on the move.

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