All About Dan
(AWOL’s Operations Manager)

  1. Q: What is your official job title?
    A: PSP Operations Manager.

  2. Q: How long have you worked for AWOL?
    A: Since August 2021.

  3. Q: What did you do pre-AWOL?
    A: I was the Fellow of Natural History at Winchester College in Hampshire from 2020-2021. Prior to that I was a Special Projects Manager for Chandragiri Cable Car in Kathmandu Valley in Nepal from 2017 to 2020.

  4. Q: Describe a typical day at AWOL.
    A: All Operational Logistics relate to planning for Race Days. I usually try and go to events as a Producer to observe everything working smoothly, if we have multiple events then I might stay in the office to oversee them all.

  5. Q: What do you love about your job?
    A: The variety and meeting lots of interesting people!

  6. Q: Name one thing in the industry that you would like to fix.
    A: There is not enough standardisation so our contracts with different organisers are often very different causing lots of logistical issues. Having standard accepted practices would help enormously.

  7. Q: What’s the best thing about working at AWOL?
    A: The variety of projects I get to work on which keeps me busy and interested. AWOL is a very agile company, and we can solve problems very fast because of this. We don’t have the complex machinations that the bigger companies do. We also allow our staff a greater degree of autonomy to solve problems themselves.

  8. Q: When you’re not working what are you doing?
    A: Adventure sports with my wife and kids.

  9. Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A: A survivalist/naturalist.

  10. Q: What is number 1 on your bucket list?
    A: To climb Mont Blanc with my wife and two children.

  11. Q: What’s your go-to karaoke song?
    A: Britney Spears! Or Opera.

  12. Q: Who inspires you?
    A: David Attenborough (wildlife), Ray Mears (bushcraft), Harrison Ford (films).