Staff Spotlight: Simon Batham

IT Development Manager, Simon Batham answers our 15 quick-fire questions in this 7th edition of Staff Spotlight.

What is your role at Abacus?

IT Development Manager

What do you like most about your role?

Hearing that people find software that I’ve written useful.

What do you like least about your role?

Nothing in particular – it’s all part of the job.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I don’t really remember – it probably changed from year to year depending on what was “in” at the time.

If you could be successful in another profession, which would you choose?

I enjoy what I do now and I’m always looking for ways to be better at it.

What is the ultimate question you would love to have the answer to?

What caused the Big Bang?

Which living person do you most admire and why?

My parents – they’ve always been there with support and encouragement for everything I do.

What’s your biggest inspiration?

I usually things found in the natural world most inspiring.

If you had just one hour with anyone of your choice (past or present), who would it be and why?

I’d would probably choose one of my ancestors – I hear entertaining stories at family gatherings and it would be interesting to meet one of the characters involved.

What one piece of advice would you give to your teenage self?

It’s better to try and fail at something, than not try at all.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I’d like to be good at something artistic.

What period of history most fascinates you?

I’m more interested in what the future might hold for us.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

None that I know of.

If you were to be an animal, what would you be and why?

Not sure – it’s not something I’ve ever thought about.

What book could you read over and over again?

I have too many books that I haven’t yet started – it’s unlikely I’ll read any of them twice.