Network Engineer & #GSD Award Winner 2022
Chris has been at Connexin longer than most, and he’s often higher than most capturing some amazing early morning scenes from the top of tower blocks but whether it’s sat at a screen, configuring kit, or climbing up a mast, he has a real desire to get stuck in and “Get Sh*t Done”. This attitude makes it only right that Chris is our 2022 #GSD award winner! He is an inspiration to the team, with a heart of gold!
After his win, we asked Chris a few questions to get to know him a little better, and here’s what he had to say…
Tell us a bit about yourself
Father of 2, adore animals. Big believer in dedication & hard work pays off. Additionally, I have a passion for heights, which I find thrilling and exciting.
How did you get to this stage in your career?
I came from a roofing background. I’ve always been a fan of all things IT. Networking and heights combined are like a dream.
What drives/motivates you?
I find great fulfilment in my small family, as well as in the ability to positively impact people’s lives. It’s particularly satisfying to tackle projects that are deemed impossible and ultimately turn them into successful ventures, making the impossible possible.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
In my career, it would have to be Neville St, Newcastle, the first smart street in the UK. After a couple of hard weeks working away, when it all came together and we could see the data of everyday life on a screen in a digital format. This experience made me realise that I work in a dynamic and constantly evolving industry that has the potential to change people’s lives through connectivity and communication.
How long have you been at Connexin?
How do you feel about winning your award?
I feel proud, accomplished, and motivated when I received recognition for my hard work and achievements. Winning an award can also boost one’s self-esteem and provide a sense of validation for my efforts.
What first attracted you to Connexin?
Heights & an interest in technology.
What does your job role entail?
My work involves a diverse range of tasks, including planning, designing, configuring, installing, and maintaining networks. I collaborate with all departments within the organisation to ensure the network runs efficiently and effectively.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I could be found working in various locations, ranging from sitting in front of a screen or attending meetings, to being in the depot creating something, configuring equipment, or working on a tower block or up a mast. My work can take me to a variety of places, including businesses, muddy fields, and traveling between cities to visit data centres. Regardless of the location, I am able to carry out a diverse range of tasks.
What excites you most about your job?
I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of cutting-edge equipment, both from the current and upcoming generations. My work involves utilising technology, knowledge, and determination to make people’s lives easier and more efficient.
How does Connexin’s culture help you succeed?
A workplace culture that encourages continuous learning and personal growth helps employees develop new skills and knowledge, which can lead to career advancement and increased job satisfaction.
What do you like most about working at Connexin?
The variation in my daily tasks, the individuals I collaborate with, and the technology that I am exposed to allows me to constantly expand my knowledge. Additionally, I have the opportunity to witness breathtaking views during my work. However, the most rewarding aspect is the ability to bring happiness to people, which is perhaps the greatest benefit of all.
What do you think makes our team culture unique?
Rather than simply working together, we function as a cohesive team.
Now the serious questions are out of the way, it’s time for something a little more fun…
Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in a room?
Definitely the funniest as there’s always someone smarter. I enjoy a positive and uplifting atmosphere.
What three items would you bring on a desert island?
What fashion trend do you regret?
80s Shell suits!
What’s your favourite dad joke?
How many paranoids does it take to change a light bulb? Who wants to know?
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Chris – Son, Husband, Father, Connexin Legend
What is the weirdest fact you know?
A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance
Would you rather meet your ancestors or descendants?
Descendants, to hopefully discover innovative technologies that promote self-sufficiency and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels for the benefit of future generations.
Which three people would you want on your zombie apocalypse team? (Two work colleagues and a celebrity)
Will Kebbell – he can always come up with a solution
Chris burns – he’s ‘ard as nails
Greg Davies – as he’s a giant
What clothing item would make you walk out on a date if someone wore it?
A Wedding dress.
What is your most used emoji?
What skill do you think everyone should have?
The skill to comprehend the personality of each individual.
Of course we couldn’t wrap this post up without sharing a few of Chris’ snaps over the years!
And that’s all from Chris, well done again for winning the Connexin 2022 #GSD Award!
This profile brings our 2022 awards to an end, but keep your eyes peeled for more people profiles from different departments to get to know more of our amazing team!
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