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When I reflect on the past 18 months at EOH, I can only liken it to what the women and men who have summited Mount Everest may have experienced. You stand at the bottom looking up and wonder how you will manage the 3.3km vertical distance through snowfields, crevasses, cliff faces and strong winds with very little oxygen. At any time a new storm could arrive — and then there’s the realisation that once you are at the summit, you are only halfway through the ordeal.

I have climbed many mountains, but nothing quite like this. Each day you are faced with something new; each day you need to make new decisions and perhaps change course as you get more information. EOH provides integral system and technology solutions to many government departments and large corporates, and we needed to save as many jobs as possible. Balancing this with the imperative to be transparent was more gruelling than you could imagine...

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