Describe your first and last jobs
My first job was working Saturdays in a pine and cane furniture shop in Blackheath, south London, at the age of 14. I seem to remember being good at selling knick-knacks and making cups of tea. Before joining TBMC I ran my own database design company providing bespoke sales and marketing systems to firms in South Wales. The experience taught me a lot about business and allowed me to develop skills that are relevant to my work today.
What have you done in between?
I studied law at the London School of Economics and then worked in marketing positions in the legal, electronics and technology sectors.
How do your jobs to date compare with your career aspirations when you were younger?
I enjoyed studying science and music at school, then decided to read law at university. But I realised pretty early on that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. During this period I entertained the notion of becoming a famous artist and played in a band, but I also started thinking seriously about what a career in business might be like.
What has been the defining point of your career to date and why?
Setting up my database design business was a defining point as it boosted my confidence and proved I could make things happen.
And the most embarrassing?
Drinking too much champagne at an important client reception at the London Aquarium – an event I helped organise for the law firm I worked for at the time. Oh the shame.
What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
It’s pretty clichéd I’m afraid, but I’d like to make a million bucks.
How many mortgage payments do you have left? I have loads left.
Where do you live?
On the outskirts of Cardiff between two large hills, which I’ve named Benny and Damon.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I prefer visiting places close to home as I don’t like long journeys, but I did go to Niagara Falls a couple of years ago and that was an amazing experience.
What’s your tipple?
I’m rather partial to a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
What one thing would you take to a desert island and why?
A guitar to keep busy. I’d write a song and stick it in a bottle.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I’m afraid I don’t have one.
What’s the most embarrassing album you own?
What do you mean? My record collection is the coolest.
What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Cane basket weaving – more like basket case.