Name: Neil Knowles
Job Title: Managing director, Elektra.
Where will you spend the holidays? At home with my children, both my brothers and their children and various other assorted relatives
What is your favourite Christmas food? Foie Gras with Sauternes. Its about the only time of year we have it.
What are you most excited about for 2020? Our new projects ! Some amazing ones coming up, very secret.
What do you most want to see from lighting manufacturers in 2020? Dimming that just works. Life would be so much easier.
Have you already booked your summer vacation? No – usually its booked three days before we go away.
Who is your industry inspiration? Edith Blennehasset. You won’t have heard of her but she was my first boss. Taught me a lot, was knowledgeable and talented.
Which product has inspired you in 2019?
Which project are you most proud of? The last one. Always they are special to me, until the next one completes.
Can you name another reindeer besides Rudolph? Dancer
Do you own a Christmas jumper? 4. But only 1 has internal illumination
How is sustainability changing your job? Changed. Past tense. All my knowledge of CDM, T5, LVTH, MV, its all useless now.
What is your most listened to track this year? I don’t listen to music. I don’t see the point of it.
What was the last good film you watched? Free solo. Watch it with sweaty palms.
Have you already booked your flights to Trends in Lighting 22-24 September 2020? Nope. Booked for Frankfurt though.
Where was the most interesting place your job took you this year? Vladivostok. So far away and so cold.
Will Brexit happen? Yes, sadly. Luckily I have a Hungarian spouse so we have the option.
What is your favourite Christmas song? None
How do you say Merry Christmas in another language? Boldog Szulinapot ! (Hungarian)
Do you prefer LED Christmas lights or the traditional incandescent bulbs? Its about the warmth, if you can get LED ones in 2,200 K they are good too. Sadly hard to find
Can you remember the job/course you were you doing 20 years ago? Managing director of Elektra lighting, like now.