Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Time Out: Richard Gill, CEO of Drone Defence Services

The weekend is rolling around again, and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s edition features Richard Gill, Founder and CEO of Drone Defence Services, who it turns out is a keen squash player and would like to have the power to see any point in history…

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?                                           The weekend starts for me when the family and I have our traditional Friday Fish & Chips.

What is your hobby?                                                                                                         For both fitness and competitive sport I play squash at my local club four or five times per week. Given its intensity, squash is a fantastic sport to fit into a busy schedule and you get a thorough workout in a very short time. Keeping fit is important to keep you at the top of your game.

What is your favourite movie?                                                                                         Forest Gump has been one of my favourite films for years. It has everything in one movie and is brilliantly acted by Tom Hanks. Shawshank Redemption and the Usual Suspects are a close second and third.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?                                                                                                                           Before starting my own company I spent 10 years in the Army. If I wasn’t doing this now I would probably be still in the Army.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?                                                     What a question. I thought about immortality but that could get quite lonely. Teleportation would be pretty cool. But if I could have any superpower then I would choose to have the ability to see any point in history.

What is your favourite genre of music?                                                                           Like many people the music I listen to growing up remains my favourite genre, so for me that was Britpop of the 90s. My favourite song was Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger. It is not only a great tune but also has a really important message.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?                                   Technology is one of my passions, so if I could travel to any moment in time I would go to Mission Control in Houston Texas for the Apollo 11 moon landings. With the world watching, the sense of achievement for the NASA team must have been immense. To experience this would be amazing.

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