“I’ve always loved programming and the satisfaction you can get from it. I found while contracting, the Rhino culture, values and shared vision was one I could get on board with."
Donal Murray, Technical Director. Rhino Group.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Irish but have lived, studied, and worked in five different countries since turning 18, and travelled to many more!
I love being active and going on adventures. I’m a climber and trail runner in my spare time, and I love travelling to far flung places, at every given opportunity, seeing and experiencing new things.
Every winter you’ll find me and my mates making the 7-hour drive to the Scottish Highlands any weekend the weather is cold enough, to find an ice- or snow-covered mountain to climb – all whilst sleeping in the car or a hut in between. Type two fun!
I also love learning new things and reading a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction.
When and why did you join Rhino?
I first worked with Rhino as a contractor joining the software development team at the end of 2020. I was finishing my PhD at the time. Following the successful launch of numerous projects, we began talks for me to join full-time following the close of my studies. I started as Technical Director at the start of December 2021. That’s the when.
As for the why – I suppose I’ve always loved programming and the satisfaction you can get from it. I found while contracting, the Rhino culture, values and shared vision was one I could get on board with. I now face the challenge of creating a technical division alongside the marketing and events arms of the business.
What motivates you, personally and professionally?
I am motivated by anything difficult or challenging. In my personal life - climbing and trail running. In my professional life - finding neat efficient solutions to technical problems.
I also enjoy meeting and getting to know new people in both contexts.
If someone was to describe you using only one word, what do you hope it would be?
‘Integrity’ – that being if I could bend the rules to mean a word associated with me rather than a descriptive word. Integral and honourable don’t really carry the same meaning.
Sum up your biggest achievement?
I just finished writing my PhD thesis in particle physics – 50,000 words summarising four years of research. Writing it was hell on earth at times!
10 years: Where do you see yourself?
Somewhere in the greater ranges trying for a big unclimbed summit in Alpine style.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Travelling at 18, I worked on a banana farm in northern Queensland in Australia for a few months. I spent my days with not much more than a machete and a pair of shorts - getting bitten by all sorts of spiders and avoiding snakes and crocs. Fun!
What 3 items would you bring on a desert island?
I’m a simple man: a machete, a file to sharpen it and ‘Becoming a Supple Leopard’ – a pretty practical book about mobilisation and the prevention and treatment of injury which has become my bible.
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