Get to know your community: 20 questions to Dave Wallis

Dave Wallis

Each week, Oil & Gas IQ introduces you to a new member of our rapidly-growing global community. We set out to reveal what makes them tick, and what it is that makes them stand out through their work and life experiences.

This week's respondent is Dave Wallis, Chair of Marketing for oil and gas data standardisation association PIDX.

Q: Who is your hero and why?

A: Aung San Suu Kyi - a very intelligent dignified leader in waiting.

Q: Who do you admire in the business world and why?


Q: What has been your greatest achievement?

A: Helping create a unique and successful trade association

Q: What is your greatest regret?

A: Missing some of the time my children were growing up through my extensive international travel on business

Q: What is your favorite word?


Q: What is your least favorite word?

A: "Whatever" it demonstrates such a negative approach to life

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

A: Graphic artist

Q: What profession other than yours would you not want to attempt?

A: Lawyer

Q: Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

A: Not too old!

Q: If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?

A: Alan Turing of Cambridge University - widely recognised as one of the inventors of the modern computer , to try and understand how he made the mental leap.

Q: What is your favourite book?

A: Lord of the Rings - my first real fiction book at the age of 24, and it triggered a lifetime of reading.

Q: What is your favourite film?

A: The first Star Wars film.

Q: What is your most memorable quotation?

A: "Never say never"

Q: If your job requires a lot of travelling - what is your favourite journey?

A: The first few miles into a new country

Q: What is your favourite dish?

A: Fish and Chips from Whitby, Yorkshire

Q: What food can you not stand?

A: Oysters

Q: What is the quality you most like in a leader?

A: Integrity

Q: What is the quality you most like in an employee?

A: Integrity

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

A: Walking on a quiet beach with a dog

Q: If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

A: Trust my own judgement, earlier in my career



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