People & Business: IT from Trinity

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ROGER WILLCOCKS (no relation), chief executive officer of Intelligent Environments Group, an AIM-listed company that helps other firms to set up in electronic commerce, has found that having gone to Trinity College, Cambridge has been very helpful in his career.

Not that Mr Willcocks learnt about science at Cambridge. He read languages. But his circle of friends at Trinity in 1977-80 all seemed to go on and flourish in the IT sector.

Just last week Mr Willcocks hosted an IT seminar in the City along with guest speaker Stephen Allott, one of his Trinity chums who is now president and chief financial officer of Micromuse, a Nasdaq-quoted company that makes management software.

The charmed circle also includes Peter Mothersill, chief executive of Colt Internet, the high-speed cable operator, and Keith Turnbull, a director of Citrix, which makes "slimline" PCs.

Mr Willcocks says: "There's a whole bunch of us who were at Trinity together - it's rather weird. And we all did Liberal Arts degrees."