What would you change about yourself if you could?
I have massively big toes. I’m not sure they do toe reduction surgery, but I need it.
What three things do you always carry with you?
- iPhone: I can access everything – pictures and videos of my kids, keep in touch with the family, use it for entertainment or even work.
- iPad Pro: boring but true.
- Watch: I love watches.
Most embarrassing industry moment?
Can’t think of one. However, after 20 years, I’m sure there are a few.
What’s something new happening in your life right now?
I started a new role as Chief Revenue Officer in April. Although it’s not night and day from what I’ve been doing at Brother UK before, there is a heightened level of expectation and pressure. But I’m loving it so far!
Best concert you’ve ever been to?
The Foo Fighters. I saw them in Manchester in 2008.
Tell us a secret that your work colleagues don’t know about you.
I’m an open book. I love to laugh at myself and talk about my personal life. It’s how you bond, and I’d like to think we’re a big family at Brother, so there really isn’t anything that the team don’t already know!
Favourite holiday so far?
The Greek island of Kos in 2014, just before my wife and I started our family. We had a great laugh together and just enjoyed each other’s company.
Where did you grow up and do you still live there?
I was born in Dumfries, Scotland, but we moved south to Northamptonshire when I was ten. I studied in Sheffield, stayed there after university and it’s where I’ve settled.
Last book you read?
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.
Do you collect anything?
Watches. I’m really interested in the mechanical side of them. In lockdown, I bought a lot of watch tools and have even assembled my own from parts.
One of your best childhood memories?
I grew up on the south coast of Scotland, so some of my best times were when my mum took my sister and me to the beach on summer evenings after we finished school.
What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
The National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. We completed this as a company team in 2013 – exhausting and rewarding.
What would be your last meal?
Definitely some form of steak dinner. I’m not particularly fussy about the accompaniments, but a tasty rib-eye will always do the trick.
Favourite sport or hobby to watch/play?
Golf. However, the only chance I have to play now is at corporate events. My wife and I have one day a week off together, so she probably wouldn’t take kindly to me spending five hours of that at the golf club! I also enjoy running.