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Meet... Simon Pretty

6 July 2016

Simon's our new IT Manager. Find out what he does, what he likes, and what he's looking forward to.

Welcome to Ideal! What's your new job title?

IT Manager

What will you be doing day to day?

I'm here to support the Ideal team in their day to day operations, and ensure that our internal systems give the teams what they need when they need it.

What attracted you to Ideal?

The role really interested me: I have a large amount of autonomy to get stuck in and get things right. It was when I visited for my interview that I saw the place and got an impression of the people who work here: I thought they seemed like a very exciting bunch to be around.

What are you most looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to our impending office move. I have been a part of a number of office moves with previous employers, and this one should top the lot.


Tell us about your career in 100 words or less

I’ve had many roles, from starting as a college leaver working on an IT helpdesk to owning my own business. Most recently I worked at Worthing Homes, supporting their IT systems and users.

What will be your biggest challenge(s)?

Getting to grips with our vast knowledge base seems insurmountable at the moment! There are so many people here with such an amazing breadth of knowledge that I can see myself learning for a good while to come.


In five years' time, what do you hope to have achieved?

On a personal level I want to have tapped into the impressive learning resources here and successfully completed a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification.

What do you do outside work?

I have a young family so most of my time is taken up as a taxi driver and full time playmate to my boys.

Recommend a film, TV show or book

Game of Thrones. Totally.


Want to join the Ideal team? Check out our current vacancies at our Join The Team page.

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