“Glad you asked, I’ve never told anyone this, but I can say, “the cat is on the table” in any EU language. Admittedly it hasn’t come in handy yet, but it’s only a matter of time before I’m holidaying in Nice or somewhere, sitting outside a café, sipping espresso when suddenly, ‘Regarde!! Le chat est sur la table!’ I can’t wait, it’ll be amazing!”
Describe yourself in three words
“Fun, fun, fun.”
“‘A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do’ – Bob Dylan.”
What are the key skills you bring to your job?
“I’m interested, empathetic and articulate.”
Daytime drink of choice
“Coffee, dash of milk, two level teaspoons of sugar – cheers!”
What is a non-negotiable part of your daily routine?
“Everything’s negotiable – but my morning latte comes pretty close.”
Which person from history would you like to have a coffee with and why?
“Ian Dury, because he was an amazing songwriter and storyteller, entertaining, intelligent, acerbic, insightful, funny and poetic with a unique perspective on life. FYI – we probably wouldn’t be drinking coffee.”
When the weekend arrives you love to . . .
“I love spending time with the family, going out for breakfast, doing stuff round the house, helping with Sunday lunch, going swimming, doing the ironing, shopping, relaxing reading the paper, meeting friends, exploring the beach with my grandson Kyle, seeing live music, eating, drinking, general hell-raising and merrymaking… Even if I get up early, two days just isn’t long enough!”
What’s top of your bucket list in this lifetime?
“I’d love to walk round the coastline of the UK with my son Sean – we’ve done Scarborough to Berwick already so we’ve made a start.”
What’s your favourite book?
“Too many to list here, but Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is a doozy!”