Having worked within the power protection Industry for over 30 years, Leo Craig is general manager for Riello Ltd. Leo’s background is in Engineering and project management, and has a strong technical background in UPS and surge protection.
- How did you become involved in the IT industry?
I joined a company called Cetronic which sold Constant Voltage Transformers (CVT’s) back in the 1980’s – this equipment was used to support the early computers such as the IBM mainframes. From that point forward, I stayed in the industry.
- Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
I would give that accolade to Andy Stephenson who was my boss at Cetronic, he spent a lot of time and effort teaching me about power disturbances and pushed me both technically and in sales. If it had not been for his efforts, I would not be where I am today.
- What is the biggest issue in the data centre at the moment?
Efficiency has to be the biggest issue as reducing power demand in data centres is a must both from EU and government perspectives. Data centres have a corporate social responsibility to reduce their demand on the National Grid and there are a number of green targets which must be met – many of which will eventually become law.
- What is the question you are asked most often in your business life?
There are two questions, one from internally within Riello UPS which is: ‘Can I have a pay rise?’ and externally from clients ‘can I have a discount?’ I will let you guess what my standard answer is?
- What are the best/worst things about your job?
The worst thing is when anything goes wrong such as equipment failing or letting a client down. The best thing is exactly the same answer, as it gives me a chance to put things right and improve the business and show clients how well we respond.
- What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
Listen to people as you learn a lot from people that already have experience in the industry. You have two ears and one mouth – use them both in that proportion.
- Which living person do you most admire and why?
Stephen Hawking as he demonstrates not giving up in the face of adversity and to pursue your goals no matter what.
- Where would you like to live?
Exactly where I live now, Canterbury, Kent. Kent is the garden of England with wonderful local produce, great beaches and wonderful countryside.
- What is your favourite book?
I love reading fiction of all sorts but the book I go back to and use the most is a cookbook called ’The Silver Spoon’. It gives me inspiration when I want to cook something new, it’s a big book with over 1400 pages full of techniques and recipes.
- If you could go back in time, where would you go?
So many to choose from, but I would like to witness the first modern day Olympics in Athens 1896, just to see how sport and society have changed over a relatively short period. It’s amazing how the world has changed over the last hundred years.