What’s your favourite office snack?
Snack? I mean if I as much as looked at a boiled sweet from 100 yards I’d put on two stone, so there are no snacks on my desk. Coffee is all I really want, but lots of it…and no sugar!
What’s your favourite movie?
Mississippi Burning – When I first watched it, it made me sit-up and realise these things happened not all that long ago.
Friday afternoon celebratory beverage?
I’m easy to please so probably a pint of Sagres or Kronenbourg.
Trinkets? I mean beyond an avalanche of paper covering every corner of my desk I like to travel light! No trinkets on my desk – nor any space for them.
Best book you’ve read?
I’m a big reader, but for the sake of this question I’d say It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be – by Paul Arden
How did you get to your current position?
I had a bad meeting in Madrid and decided there and then I needed to change direction. That was the moment I moved into recruitment. I guess for any aspiring company directors it is just about grabbing the moments when you see them. Talent, hard work, yes it all matters…but you also need to have the courage of your convictions.
What advice would you give to a younger ‘you’ starting out in your career?
Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t doubt yourself. In fact – I need to tell myself that now let alone 20 years ago. Oh – and if I had time, I’d also mention that your second boss is going to be a miserable psychopath, you’ll learn nothing from them so be brave, quit and enjoy your work!
Dream job if skill, history and talent were not factors?
I’ve often though being a candidate in the American Presidential elections would be fun!! You’d be working for what you believe in, you’d have to keep tweaking your messaging to appeal to the masses, you’d have to keep an eye on the budgets, opinion polls and current events, be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and think on your feet…..but to be clear, I’m not sure I’d actually want the job. It’s a bit like The Apprentice, the show looks fun…but would I want Alan Sugar as my boss?
Radio station choice in the office?
I’m fine with things like Radio One in the office, but I like to mix it up with TalkSport or BBC Radio 4….yes, I am old and boring deep-down.
Favourite part of the recruitment process?
It has to be the moment you tell the candidate they got the job and they shriek with joy. Literally, you have helped someone in their career and made a real difference in their life.
What football team do you support?
Southampton…there have been highs and lows on that journey.
“…Just ask yourself…what would the Hoff do in a situation like this…”