Belfast Telegraph

‘Social media must be used for good, not bad’

John Lillywhite is a big fan of the England rugby team
John Lillywhite is a big fan of the England rugby team

Q&A: John Lillywhite

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: Have a goal or goals and stick to it/them.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in the tech?

A: Get the best qualification you can and join an organisation that cares about you, develops you and is full of caring, open-minded people.

Q: What was your best career/business decision?

A: To take up a commercial apprenticeship and learn how a business really works. To consider every opportunity; move between management and financial roles and stick to my goals.

Sign In

Q: If you didn't work in this industry, where do you think you would be?

A: Probably in the charity sector, although no other industry was ever as appealing.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going to next?

A: An annual pilgrimage to the Scilly Isles. I take my wife, my daughter and my grandsons every year (my son-in-law prefers to boil in the sun somewhere hot). The IT goes off and we talk to each other in peace and quiet. On one visit a newcomer asked why we come. I asked him to listen. He said that he could not hear anything. I said, that is why we come. Next is Jersey to get over this stressful retirement business. With ICL I visited many worldwide locations where the company had a presence, so there are not a lot of far off places that I have not seen.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: Allotment, gym, eating and drinking and talking to my wife. We have been married for 54 years but with all the travel I have probably only been home for 20 of them (slight joke). So we have a lot to catch up on.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: Athletics and rugby - England of course.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: Yes. I used to be a high hurdler at school. I have jumped many high hurdles since.

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: Churchill by Andrew Roberts - read the book and watch Boris Johnson.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Tough but always full of love.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: A difficult next five years with trade wars and Brexit, but man's ingenuity will prevail. The biggest issues are how to use social media and the internet for good rather than for bad, from governments to individuals.

Q: What are the pillars of a successful career?

A: Work ethic, respect for others, care for others and knowing that I am loved by those that I care about.

Belfast Telegraph