Well done Joe McNally

Good to see that Joe McNally, the first employee at Compaq UK and managing director for many years, has been awarded the Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) in recognition of his work in helping youngsters develop through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

"The DoFE scheme is about developing people, so in that respect I'm very pleased," he told the Chroniclelive.co.uk web site last week. And so he should be.

McNally, who is now retired, included stints as a roadsweeper, a supply teacher, working in a steel stockpiling business and at the UK's leading meat and bacon supplier, FMC Harris, on his CV before getting into the IT business.

Older readers of MicroScope will be all too aware of his long links with the Duke of Edinburgh's scheme and may remember that back in the early 90s we ran a diary item carrying a reseller's report of a story about the Compaq supremo and Phil the Greek. 

According to the reseller, the Queen's other half bemoaned the actions of the tabloids and their constant coverage of the royal family to McNally who replied he knew what the Duke meant because Compaq had experienced something similar... from a magazine called MicroScope.

This was first published in January 2011

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