In typical OKO form, we are throwing convention out of the window.. to that end, we take pleasure in introducing Chris Hurst, OKO's Chief Mentor, who will support OKO through the explosive growth which is required in order to make sure that every young person has a mentor.
Read on to see how and why Chris took on the OKO reins...
Q. What was the path you took to get to
where you are today?
Well, I've been in IT Sales for 36 years, which
is kind of funny, as when thinking about what I didn't want to do all
those years ago... Sales and IT were top of that list! I
stumbled into it as a youngster and I've had a great ride.
Travelling most of the world, living in Germany for 5 years, I feel
I've learned a lot - and still am, every day!
Q. What attracted you to OKO?
I was introduced to Dave Evans (OKO Founder) at
an IT networking event in April. At the time I was
collaborating with a couple of US West Coast cyber-security companies, with a view
to setting them up in EMEA. When Dave told me all about OKO,
with the pledge to provide every young person with a mentor, I just
had to be part of it - so here I am!
Q. What are you most looking forward to achieving with OKO?
Young people have had a really tough few years
- I don't need to tell you that. Mental health issues have only
been exacerbated by the pandemic. I'm really excited by the
opportunity to provide all these young people with a mentor to help
them take their next steps in life.
Q. What advice do you have for young people today?
Dream big – have the courage to follow your
dreams. Benefit from the knowledge and experiences people will
gladly share with you so that you can achieve your dreams.
I’ve gained huge pleasure and satisfaction
from listening to young people, their dreams and aspirations.
Listening, questioning and participating, as young people allow you
to help them on their journeys, is one of the most energising
experiences I can recall.