Team Captain Profiles

Team Captain Profile: Mark Walton

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Margate
Age: 43
Location of home: St Albans
Family background: Married with 2 kids & a dog
Sporting Interests: These days it’s whatever I can fit around family life & work – cricket, squash, crossfit type stuff and mountain biking when possible
Twitter handle: @mwwalton
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markwwalton/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I work as a Global Client Executive, where I’m is responsible for the overall business relationship between LinkedIn and 4 of their largest strategic clients across EMEA. I have responsibility for revenue generation & client satisfaction across all lines of business & have around 25 people on my team.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

The competition, challenge & fun of adventure racing – back for the 3rd time this year.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

What appeals most is a combination of the adventure race and time with colleagues/friends. What appeals least is the possibility of wet & cold weather!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

Have fun & beat the other LinkedIn team 🙂

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

It’s the corporate charity that we support in London, so we know quite a bit about them. Looking forward to seeing what case study challenge they have and providing some value to help them overcome it.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Combination of organisation, motivation, encouragement and empowering the team.

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

LinkedIn has a very open & collaborative culture, so it’s great to see the theme for the challenge this year. Collaboration for me is about working together, using the strengths of different people in the team to achieve the best outcome from whatever it is that we’re doing.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

Some joint training, regular meetings to share information & take questions, sorting logistics, etc.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? We’ll see at the end of the event!
b. Most charitable person? Difficult to say as don’t know everyone on the team equally well, maybe Vern
c. Joker in the pack? All good fun


Team Captain Profile: Jonathan Scott

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Age: 27
Location of home: York
Family background: I grew up in sunny Scarbados, with my older sister, brother and mother who I care for dearly.
Sporting Interests: I volunteer as chairman for Scarborough Hockey Club, one of the fastest growing hockey clubs in the country, who were recently nominated for an award with England hockey for “innovation”. I also play golf (badly), squash, cricket and 5-a-side football (badly).
Twitter handle: N/A
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonny-scott-a4792818

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I head up the alliances team here at Phoenix Software Ltd, my job is to ensure that we develop and maintain long lasting, business partnerships with IT Vendors that benefit our vast, loyal customer base.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

Phoenix haven’t taken part in anything like this before, neither have I or anyone in the team. It’s all new to us. Due to the nature of our individual jobs, and the size of our company, it’s rare that we would all collaborate on the same project at work, so it will be interesting to see how the group dynamic plays out, and how we pull together.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

Raising money for charity always gives you a warm feeling inside, knowing that you are helping someone else. The physical endurance side of things is by far the least appealing, hopefully the training will pay off!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

The main aim for our team is to complete the challenge in a respectable time, however this will only happen if we are all pulling in the same direction (no pun intended). We will go at the pace as the slowest person, encourage and help each other where necessary. We are still trying to figure out who is equipped with skills in specific areas, so we can all play an important role in the completion of the tasks.

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

The Prince’s Trust is a charity that helps young people who are unemployed or struggling at school get into work or education. As a trusted supplier to many charities, Phoenix Software knows what is required to run a successful charity. The Prince’s Trust is a fine example of a charity that the whole country should be proud of, and something everyone can relate to. We are excited to work on the case study given our business experience in the charity sector.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Team morale is key, as soon as the heads start to drop, it is my job to lift the spirits. Preparation, correct decision making and encouragement are the things that will reduce the chances of a drop in morale, so these are the things that I will aim to get right.

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

Regular training, team meetings to discuss strategy and agree on what activities we will push ourselves at and how we will conserve energy.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? Debbie Dean AKA “Wonder Woman”
b. Most charitable person? Greg “Charity Sector Sales Manager” Dean
c. Joker in the pack? Mark Jay – he once convinced someone he knew what he was talking about


Team Captain Profile: Caroline Maynard

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Galway, Ireland
Age: 52 (53 by the time of the event!) Location of home: Sandhurst, Berkshire
Family background: # 10 in a family of 11 – a nice big Irish Catholic family Married to Paul and between us we have 1 teenager and 3 adults
Sporting Interests: keen cyclist and depending on season, road bike or MTB and I climb mountains in my spare time. Annapurna area, Nepal, Inca Trail, Peru, Kilimanjaro in August this year and Everest base camp next year
Twitter handle: @carolinemmaynar
LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/williamscm

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer:

EMEA Lead HR Business Partner for ISG Product Group reporting to Sam Guess

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

First time to take part. A great opportunity to team build as well as be part of the great work Dell EMC is doing for the Prince’s Trust.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

All of it. Its my first one so really looking forward to the activity in Wales while getting to know my team mates and others more, good opportunity for a bit of healthy competition and contribute to a great cause too.

5. What are the objectives of your team?

Working Better Together As a TEMA

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

Im very familiar about the great work the Trust does for disadvantaged young people and I have done some work inside EMC for the Prince’s Trust in the past, I have done a number of their bike rides as part of the EMC team as well as attended a number of fund raising events. Target to be confirmed.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Motivating and rallying the team around to complete the event successfully and hopefully to win! Winning is very important to some of the team members. (Id like to really know what my role is tho in case I am on the wrong track)

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Working effectively together.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We are all keen fitness people so we will continue to do that in our personal time. Currently we have no plans to train together but that might be an option.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team?  Vassil Barsakov
b. Most charitable person? Nik Bola
c. Joker in the pack? Me!!


Team Captain Profile: Andrew Theaker

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: High Wycombe, Bucks
Age: 39 Location of home: Monks Risborough, Bucks
Family background: Local!
Sporting Interests: MTB’ing, Road cycling, Trail Running, OCR’s, outdoor fitness stuff!
Twitter handle: @no_mean_feat
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-theaker-b5a40541/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I work for Softcat PLC, within their expanding managed print team; my role as Deployment Manager means I look after the implementation of our MPS solutuons Europe-wide.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

It’s my 3rd year taking part and we / I’m determined to get on the podium this year!

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

Most – the location is stunning, and the event is very well conceived.
Least – the management study. Hard to concentrate after a hard day out in the wilds!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

Podium finish!

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

We know lots about the Princes Trust, Softcat have entered a team into their P2P bike ride for nearly a decade. £500 is our target.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Support. I’ve had a few “tense” moments previously, dealing with the guys; I need to relax this year and remind myself it’s a team event.

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Getting stuff done, together.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We are all undertaking 3 x Ironman in the build up to the event, including one up and down Mt Snowden…or something like that.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? TBC – but we’ve a couple of ex-Forces youngsters who’ve recently joined Softcat and they should nail it. I’m at risk of being the least fit person in the team!
b. Most charitable person? Tricky one, everyone in the team is giving up their time to support the event and the Princes Trust; so I’ll say the team as a whole.
c. Joker in the pack? I’ll let you know on Sunday 1st October…assuming sense of humours last that long.


Team Captain Profile: Roger Harry

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Red Roses in Carmarthenshire
Age: 45 Location of home: Cardiff
Family background: I live with my wife Vicky and my three kids Izzy, Freddie & Dexter. They keep me on my toes!
Sporting Interests: I’ve always had a massive interest in both playing and watching sport and being a Welshman it will come as absolutely no surprise that I love rugby! I’ve recently taken up road cycling and in the last couple of months I’ve taken part in the Hugh James Charity Bike Ride cycling 180 miles in two days from Aberystwyth to Cardiff and the Wales Velathon a 140km closed road sportive as well as my first ever triathlon and that’s just the start… I have the Gowerton Triathlon in September, my first half Ironman in October and a 24-hour velodrome challenge with the Cardiff Blues and of course the Dell Management Challenges to come.
Twitter handle: @roger_harry
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerharry/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I’m CEO of Circle IT and founded the business back in 2002. During that time I’ve seen the business go through huge growth and it continues to go from strength to strength. I spend most of my time these days out on the road strengthening relationships with Dell and our other key partners and meeting with key customers and prospects.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

I thought it was a great opportunity to get the team together to have some fun, test ourselves physically and mentally and a chance to do some networking with other businesses. This will be our third year of taking part and we’ve got a range of different people from across the business taking part this year.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

I would have to say the physical challenges appeal to me most and what appeals to me least is how I feel on the Monday morning after the weekend if the previous years are anything to go by!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

To have fun, to beat as many other teams as possible and most importantly to raise lots of money for charity.

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

The Prince’s Trust does fantastic work with young people giving them practical support and advice and helping them to transform their lives. We’re really looking forward to the case study, we have a real mixture of individuals from across the business on our team this year and this is a great opportunity for us to work together on something outside of our day-to-day business.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

My key responsibilities as team captain is to keep the team motivated and on track and to shout at anyone who is trailing behind 

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

For me the term collaboration is all about working together to achieve a common goal. It is a great theme for this year’s event and one which I’ll be impressing upon my team throughout the challenge.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We’re all doing our own individual training and we’ve got some team training days scheduled in, the first of which took place last weekend. I’m not going to go into any detail as we don’t want the competition to know what we’ve been up too! 

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team?  Me! I probably shouldn’t say that as the skipper should I… I’d say the fittest person in our team is probably Alun. In all the photos from last year he looks like he was barely breaking a sweat!
b. Most charitable person?  This is a difficult one I couldn’t name one person who is more charitable than another!
c. Joker in the pack?  Again – me!


Team Captain Profile: Dane Adams

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: London
Age: 35
Location of home: London
Family background: Not married, 6 year old daughter, no pets.
Sporting Interests: Boxing, Football, Obstacle Races
Twitter handle: None
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/finddane/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I work with our Staffing and Recruitment Agency clients to help them build a successful LinkedIn strategy to help meet their business needs and goals. 

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

The physical challenge. This will be my 2nd year.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

Really like the hiking element. Hated “Running with Bike” last year.

5. What are the objectives of your team?

To complete the challenge in a decent time; laughing all the way and having a good time.
Helping a good cause- the Princes Trust

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

Excellent charity which does a lot of good work for young people. Looking forward to the case study which will hopefully impact the charity in a positive way.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Motivation and Organisation

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?
Working together to achieve a jointly beneficial goal

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

Group training sessions

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team?  Cara Barone
b. Most charitable person? Ben “The Bat” Atkinson
c. Joker in the pack? Matthew Hills


Team Captain Profile: Richard Rawcliffe

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Ashford in Kent
Age: 53 Location of home: Tarleton in Lancashire
Family background: Married to Helen for 27 years (she has a lot of patience) with two sons Joe (24) and Isaac (19)
Sporting Interests: I swam and played football at school and University and more recently have taken up Triathlons now in my second season with a half Ironman planned for September
Twitter handle: @RichardRawcliff
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rrawcliffe/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I manage the UK Public Sector business for Dell EMC which includes all of our Healthcare, Education and Government customers. I am fortunate to be surrounded by some very talented people that make my job so much easier and who have deep segment knowledge and are supported by an even larger virtual team that includes many ex CIO’s and senior managers from the Public Sector.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

This will be my third Management Challenge and second as a team captain. I like the idea of setting myself a personal challenge but also in doing so as part of a team where we all have our own strengths but are even stronger than the individuals when we combine as a team.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

To be honest I enjoy all of it, some of it is easier which is good, some of it is harder which is good.

5. What are the objectives of your team?

To enjoy ourselves, learn more about each other and the other competitors and try and help the Prince’s Trust along the way. Oh yes, and to survive the weekend…

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

The Princes Trust is a fantastic charity that work very hard to help some of our less privileged young people to be the best that they can. I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of sessions with the Young Ambassadors from the Princes Trust and to hear first-hand how they overcame their own challenges and then, with the help of the Princes Trust took the first steps forward to a better future is truly inspiring. We hope to raise over £2,000.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Making sure everyone has fun, that we leave nobody behind, that we raise some money and all have a positive experience.

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

It means the sum of the parts being greater than the individual components. In our business we collaborate every day within our teams, with other employees in our company and with our partners and customers.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We are training individually and helping each other out with team calls and general encouragement. Natasha has also arranged a team canoeing practice session for us which worked well last year as a bonding session as well as giving us some much needed practice. We are also hoping that JC’s wife Sue is getting ready to bake more cakes for us to see us through the weekend.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? Probably Tariq
b. Most charitable person? Right now John H.
c. Joker in the pack? Probably Gary although he is also head breakfast chef which is just as important


Team Captain Profile: Chris Willoughby

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Bristol, England
Age: 42
Location of home: Greystones, Dublin, Ireland
Family background: Married, 2 kids – Lucy (12), Ava (10)
Sporting Interests: Hill Running, Kayaking, Mountain Biking,
Twitter handle: n/a
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-willoughby-0633807/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I manage a project team in Dell Financial Services, leading large scale, cross functional projects to change and improve the way we do business for our customers and for our employees.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

This will be my second time – last year I joined a team from Dell Ireland, but didn’t know any of the team prior to the event. I came away with a set of new friends. The management challenge is a great opportunity to get to meet new people and people you already know, but in a completely different environment.

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

I’m looking forward to the Mountain Biking and the Kayaking. The ‘Run with bikes’ section last year wasn’t so much fun so that’s probably the bit I am looking forward to least!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

We’re not going to win any medals, but we will push ourselves and our limits and have fun doing so!

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

I think the Charity case study is a great way to tap into some fantastic experience and skillsets and use this to benefit a charity. We’re aiming to raise over $1,500.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

I’ll make sure my team know where they are supposed to be and at what time, that everyone is participating and enjoying themselves and that we compete as a team.

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Collaborating is about working together as a team (or even with other teams?!) to achieve something that wouldn’t have been possible on your own. This year, as well as a DFS team, we are also entering a collaborative team with Circle IT, made up 50/50 of DFS and Circle IT employees.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We’re all working to get fit in our own way! For some, this challenge has been the motivation to get outside or into a gym and start, for others it’s been continuing exercise, but doing more of things we might encounter on the challenge like mountain biking.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? Brian Corrigan – he is well used to long bike rides for charity and I think the cycling is one of the toughest parts of the challenge
b. Most charitable person?  Everyone on the team has a strong sense of charity and of giving something back – it’s a good motivational factor for putting ourselves through the DMC weekend!
c. Joker in the pack?  Alan Petters – he will keep the spirits up with his cheeky comments and sense of humour!


Team Captain Profile: Michael Nayler

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Chelmsford, Essex
Age: 47
Location of home: Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Sporting Interests: Rugby, Fitness
Twitter handle: @mnaylerDELL
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nayler/

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

Sales Director, Defence & Security

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

My arm was twisted! First time participant

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

I am looking forward to working with a great team and enjoying the shared challenge – I am not looking forward to uphill biking!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

To do better than we think we can and enjoy the experience

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

I am aware of the Prince’s Trust and am very proud to be raising money for them. We have not set a target, we are just hoping to raise a decent sum.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Logistics and Organisation –and potentially some motivation during the weekend!

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Working with others to achieve a shared objective

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We are meeting ‘virtually’ due to the geographic spread of the team, but have managed a ‘ride out’ for some of the team who are based more closely together. Pen Y Fan or Bust!

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? We will see!
b. Most charitable person? NK
c. Joker in the pack? NK


Team Captain Profile: Simon Godfrey

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: UK
Age: 46
Location of home: Newbury
Family background: Married with 3 girls, dog and a cat
Sporting Interests: Motorsport (Bikes, Cars, Powerboats), Skiing, Sailing, Golf, Gym (but for the Spa mainly)
Twitter handle: must get this sorted…
LinkedIn profile: Search on Linked in under Simon Godfrey – SecureWorks

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I have worked in Information Security for nearly 17 years now. From connecting companies to the Internet and third parties for the first time back in the early day to what I do today as part of the SecureWorks Leadership team. I joined SecureWorks nearly 3 years ago to head up the existing Enterprise Client business across EMEA. More recently I have taken up the role of managing Large Enterprise for UK & Ireland as this business continues to grow quickly.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

Spending some time with the DellEMC and SecureWorks teams doing some good work for the Prince’s Trust and other charities but also getting out and completing a decent physical challenge in the beautiful Brecons. Come rain or sun shining!

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

Least looking forwards to: I supported some friends of mine who competed in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe race a few years so am not sure tandem canoeing is possible without a lot of practice! Unless these are” sit on” not “sit in” vessels!
Most looking forwards to: Maybe meeting Chrissie Wellington. She is a god of the endurance sporting world!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

Get over the finish line as a team! Enjoy the challenge! Enjoy the weekend and support the charities involved

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

They do a lot of amazing work. I look forward to getting more details around the case study and what the SecureWorks team can do to support their objectives with the case study exercise

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Make sure people do some training so we stay INJURING FREE!!! Ensure we work as a team to complete this together and enjoy ourselves. Fund raising target is £500 minimum…expectation is a fair bit more than this

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Working together. Sharing ideas. Collaboration is key to so many things in life. Business partnerships and at home.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

I looked at the Insanity DVD’s I used a few years ago and felt a little unwell. But I know the team are taking this seriously so a rigorous training schedule will be underway shortly I am sure.

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team?  Fitness test not completed yet for the team members. But the beauty with endurance events / adventure races is the more mature folks (within reason of course) are in with a shout! Mental strength coupled with decent physical fitness is needed for endurance style events. Maybe Ross? Or Andy B?
b. Most charitable person? Not sure I know the answer to this one at this point. We all have our charitable moments.
c. Joker in the pack?  We all take things very seriously here at SecureWorks. Humour is strictly not permitted.


Team Captain Profile: Simon Hall

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Crawley, UK
Age: 44
Location of home: Cheltenham, UK
Family background: Not entirely what you need here but I am married to Lisa with two daughters – Mia (10) and Marcie (4)
Sporting Interests: Played Rugby to a high standard when I was younger and club rugby till my mid 30’s until it became less acceptable to turn up to customer meetings with a black eye and the back said no more. Now play 5/7 aside football whenever I get the chance
Twitter handle: @thisissimonhall
LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/simonchall

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I am responsible for Deployment Services in UK, Ireland, Russia and the CIS for Heritage EMC. I have a team of about 160 across all territories. I’ve been with EMC for just over 5 years, having spent the previous 6 years at Accenture.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

This is my first attempt. To be honest, I applied after a couple of glasses of wine on a Friday afternoon and then encouraged my management team to do the same. It was only on the Monday that someone pointed out what was involved! On a serious note, I’ve supported the Prince’s Trust for the last 3 years at EMC so will always leap at the opportunity to help them continue the great work they do. Plus I wanted a challenge – only find it easy to get myself in shape when I have something to aim for! Now I’m glad I had those glasses of wine…

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

Most: The teamwork and camaraderie
Least: The hills

5. What are the objectives of your team?

To raise the most money for the Prince’s Trust and to make sure we operate as a team. We’re not going to win it but great satisfaction if we can do both of these

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

As I said, I’ve been involved for 3 years so know then well. Target is £2,500. The team think it’s £1,400 but decided to up it!

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Administration, creating a sense of team and keeping everyone focussed on getting ready and raising money. Identifying each person’s strengths and utilising them to ensure we finish!

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Working together as a team to reach a common goal. Being more than the sum of our parts

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

Calls every other week to discuss fundraising, physical preparation is largely personal with a f2f get together over the summer

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team? Not physically met all of my team yet so don’t know. Everyone is very modest when I ask on the phone so that I assume I don’t give them the toughest legs!
b. Most charitable person?  TBC!
c. Joker in the pack?  Either Steve Smith or I. Martin Brown is known to have his moments…


Team Captain Profile: John Mariani

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: South Africa
Age: 38
Location of home: Cotswolds
Family background: Wife, new baby, beagle, lots of nieces and nephews.
Sporting Interests: Squash, Martial Arts, Assult Courses, XC
Twitter handle: @JC_Mariani
LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/jcmariani

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I work for Dell EMC in the Modern Infrastructure Team as an ASE, I provide an advisory service to our Enterprise Finance 1 customers for Data Center Infrastructure.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

I am a new dad, promised my wife (who I train with) that I would not do and cardio whilst she was pregnant with our daughter, so in essence I got fat. My wife was diagnosed with cancer whilst she was pregnant, so we are taking part in Tough Mudder for her charity in September, 1 week before the management challenge. So I am taking part in the challenge to raise my fitness for an excellent cause in the Princes Trust. I have not taken part before but my team and I are in it to win it!!! 

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

Raising awareness is primary for me, that’s why we are taking part. The journey to the event is appealing in that if I am not fit enough I won’t enjoy the experience as much.

5. What are the objectives of your team?

Podium or die trying!

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

It is a fantastic cause, I have done allot of work with the Princes Trust in the past when I was in the Fire Brigade.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Organisation, leadership & moral

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Work together as a team to achieve!

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We are doing a mixture of general keep fit, martial arts, running, cycling…

10. Your team, who is the:

a. Fittest person in the team?  Fitness comes in all guises, All I am saying is WTF!!!! How is that even possible?!?!
b. Most charitable person?  Not sure… I would say me, as far as I know, I came in the top 5% of all just giving members last year.
c. Joker in the pack?  I’ll let you make your own mind up on that.


Team Captain Profile: Faye Ward

1. Personal profile


Where were you born: Solihull
Age: 29
Location of home: Swansea
Sporting Interests: Cycling, Running, Horse Riding, regular gym attendance, completed Bronze Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Twitter handle: n.a

2. Provide us with a brief profile and overview of your role with your employer

I am an Assistant Scientist on the Wastewater side of Welsh Water. It is my job to ensure that the sludge we produce is recycled correctly, meeting excellent quality standards as well as being environmentally friendly and sustainable.

3. What attracted you to take part in the Dell EMC Management Challenge and how many times have you completed the challenge?

I’m always up for a challenge, whether that be mentally or physically. I’ve recently purchased a bike and I really love getting out on it to keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors. I am also keen to improve on my teamwork skills and working under pressure. Combining all of this made the Dell Management Challenging seem like the perfect opportunity. I have never completed the challenge before, but I am very much looking forward to it!

4. Which part of the Dell EMC Management Challenge appeals to you the most and least?

I’m excited to get my teeth into some canoeing, this is something I haven’t done before and I want to see if I have the skills to work as a team to move in a straight line rather than round in circles!

5. What are the objectives of your team?

– To improve health and wellbeing
– To improve communication and team working skills in pressurised and challenging situations
– Improving our ability to adapt and overcome challenges
– To make the most of the networking opportunity, by knowledge and skills sharing
– To raise as much money as we can to support young people and transform their lives for the better

6. What do you know about our Charity The Prince’s Trust, how are you feeling about the Charity case study and what is your team’s fundraising target?

Having completed the Million Makers challenge (raising £10,000 in 6 months) whilst on the Graduate Scheme with Welsh Water, I know quite a lot about the Prince’s Trust. I know that they help thousands of young people transform their lives each year by getting them back into employment, education or training, as they believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed.

7. What do you see as your key responsibilities as Team Captain?

Motivation, motivation and more motivation! It is with great honour that I take up this position as team captain and I will be ensuring that everyone is happy and comfortable with each stage of the challenge and I will make sure we are only as fast as the slowest person. I will maintain control under pressurised situations in order to lead our team to victory!

8. The theme of the event is #Collaboration. What does this term mean to you?

Collaboration to me is a purposeful relationship in which all members of our team strategically choose to co-operate and work together in order to achieve shared objectives. By our team working collaboratively I believe we will obtain greater resources, recognition and reward throughout the challenge, enabling us to raise as much money as we can for The Prince’s Trust.

9. What preparations are you and your team currently undertaking?

We are arranging to meet up very soon and we have a bike ride planned for one weekend in Sept, where we will be tackling the Afan Forest Park and rewarding ourselves with a big lunch afterwards!

10. Your team, who is the: (can’t comment as I don’t know all the team yet!)

a. Fittest person in the team?
b. Most charitable person?
c. Joker in the pack? 

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