Spotlight on Neil Woodcock
October 17, 2018
Here’s our latest ‘Spotlight on’, a quick-fire round of Q&A where we get to meet the people who make CloudSense great.
It’s a fast, fun way to learn a little bit more about CloudSense’s people – from what makes them want to come to work every day – to the meal they’d pick before they meet their maker on death row.
Today we get to know a man who has travelled the globe with CloudSense, Senior Learning and Enablement Manager, Neil Woodcock.
Name, Position & CloudSense Office:
Neil Woodcock, Senior Learning and Enablement Manager, London UK.
What do you do at CloudSense on a day to day basis?
I plan and deliver product training courses for external partners and customers, as well as internal services consultants who will be working on projects. I also do this for sales engineers, project managers, business analysts as well as anyone who wants hands on familiarization with CloudSense products. This goes from developer level to project manager level so the courses are great to give people a basic introduction into our products.
How long have you worked here?
What was your background before joining?
I worked at Impactive (a boutique consultancy) where I was recruited as a business analyst. After CloudSense bought out Impactive along with several other people, Liz Chaplin (Principal Consultant), Nick Flew (Head of Product Management) and Ian Chick (Chief Customer Officer), I moved to CloudSense.
At that time I was working on a legacy services project, so for the first 3 years I didn’t do any CloudSense product-related work and was just working as a business analyst.
Around 4 years ago in 2013/2014 that project came to an end so I had to properly familiarise with CloudSense products. So I guess you could say I had a 3 year long induction!
How did you transition from your initial role at CloudSense to your current position?
I worked for a year in training on project familiarization and then worked on projects away, I worked on projects actually doing training which is how I first got into training delivery, I also worked on a couple of other projects. I then saw an internal job opening at CloudSense for a role in training, I applied and got the job.
At that time the training was done out of America but then were was a shift and the training moved back over to the UK and I became the team manager. So shortly after starting my new position I was the training manager for delivery and everything.
Do you have anything in the works for training you’re excited about?
In the future we aim to make the training online, more interactive and video based so that is a project for the future. We do all the same product training for new customers, for their business analysts, technical support and developers so the courses fit a wide range of use cases for people with something to offer for everyone.
What’s your favorite thing about the CloudSense office?
I really like that Crumpets are always stocked in the fridge. I also like the fact that people are very helpful – you don’t have much political backstabbing, if you have a problem and you ask someone they usually try to help as much as they can.
What’s your favorite thing about working for CloudSense?
I’m left to my own devices and don’t have micro-managers planning my day. I like to travel and I generally travel one or two weeks a month to Zagreb or to a client site.
When I started the first course I was on was in Istanbul and since then I’ve been to Australia, United States (both mainland and Hawaii), India, Spain, France and Denmark.
When was your best day at CloudSense and why?
Perhaps the Christmas party two years ago because it was after my first year of training and they gave me the people’s choice collaboration award. It was really nice to be recognized especially as I work in my own department it was so unexpected.
Describe a ‘CloudSense person’ in 3 words…
Friendly, Collaborative and Intelligent.
What makes you want to come to work every day?
1. It’s in my contract
2. I need to earn money
3. It’s a job I enjoy doing
If you could switch jobs with anyone else at CloudSense, whose job would you have?
I’m not sure I would switch jobs with anyone, I used to have another job I didn’t like as much so that’s why I’ve changed and now really enjoy what I do.
Where do you see CloudSense in 5 years’ time?
I never plan 5 years ahead because I think its limiting and I like to take things as they arrive – who knows anything could happen.
Where’s your hometown?
Where’s your favorite place in the world?
Croydon because that’s where I live now.
What’s your favorite book?
1984 by George Orwell because it was the first proper book that I read as a kid which I enjoyed at school and it’s what got me into reading all sorts of other things like that.
And favorite film?
Favorite of all time film is Life of Brian and my favorite film of this year is called Blue Iguana, it was a film that was funded by crowdsourcing and I put some money in. Because of that I got to see the premiere last month and it’s a fantastic film.
What would be your desert island DVD box set?
With all of my travelling I don’t often catch shows when they air weekly but one of the few I did watch in the last few years is Spiral which I’ve watched every series of.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I’m not guilty about any pleasures, why feel guilty about it.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Although it might sound cheesy I’d say to bring peace and prosperity to the world.
What would your death row meal be?
Prawn dhansak curry from my favorite Indian restaurant.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
I would invite the squad of the team who beat Manchester City in the 2012-13 FA Cup final and the team who got promoted to the Premier League from 2005 – 2013.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Elvis Costello because I use to look like him when I had hair and his dad used to play country western songs in the local labour club in Wigan.
If you were guaranteed to be successful in a different profession, what would you do?
Guaranteed to be successful or not I’d do music event promotion, the only reason I’d leave CloudSense full time is if I could make money at it.