How do you start your day?
If it’s not an early morning call with a customer in some far-flung corner of the globe, then it’s breakfast (Shreddies have never let me down), followed by getting my three kids ready for school/preschool and making packed lunches.
What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Thirteen years ago, when my then fiancée, now wife finished her gap year in the UK, I uprooted my entire life and moved to her home village in Germany. I had absolutely no language skills, no job and just a wedding date in sight.
We lived there for five years. I became fluent in the language, began a career in sales and operations working for a German manufacturer, and started a family before moving back to the UK in 2015. We don’t do things by halves.
What’s your most frequently used emoji?
Definitely the thumbs up!
Being late without a genuine reason. Laziness and expecting other people to do things for you and not being willing to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in with whatever needs to be done.
Any irrational fears?
Do you collect anything?
Not really, but I’d love to have a collection of cars one day.
What’s something new happening in your life right now?
I started a new job as Global Sales Director at Pukka Pads at the beginning of this year. It’s been really interesting to learn about new products and categories, and I’m excited about the level of opportunity there is for us.
Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’ve never actually eaten them, but in Germany they eat Mehlklöße – a dish combining dumplings, custard and onions. What?!?
Favourite holiday so far?
A week in Lake Garda, Italy. Proper pizza, 40°C, amazing views and the biggest lake I’ve ever seen.
Tell us a secret that your work colleagues don’t know about you.
A long time ago, way before the days of office products, I enjoyed a short career in television production. This entailed doing everything from logging tapes to choosing locations and looking after various celebrities on set, including Steve Jones, Christian Slater and the late Caroline Flack.
If you could swap places with someone for a day, who would it be and why?
A PGA tour golfer. Being paid to walk the fairways of the best golf courses in the world – does it get any better?
Name three items on your bucket list.
To visit Australia and New Zealand; drive across the US or down the West Coast in an RV; play St. Andrews with my kids.
Favourite sport or hobby to play/watch?
My favourite sport to play would have to be golf, but I’ve got a healthy appreciation for all sports played at a top level. I also recently really enjoyed the Netflix tennis series Break Point.