Who makes you laugh the most?
This is undoubtedly my gorgeous and witty nine-year-old granddaughter. We have such fun in a way that you often didn’t get to with your children because you are too busy being a mother. I spoil her rotten and then send her back home.
Tell us a secret that your work colleagues don’t know about you.
One of my first jobs was as a mechanic for a garage on the A1 in Hatfield. Dad thought it was great but Mum decided it was no place for a girl. I often wonder if I should have been stronger and more like Laura Kennedy, founder of Spanners with Manners – London’s first all-female garage.
Bish, from my maiden name Bishop. My best friend from school, Lucy Dymoke, still calls me this and it takes me back to the good old days.
What’s your Sunday morning ritual?
Being more of a spontaneous soul, I don’t strictly adhere to rituals. Nonetheless, I’m always up early to head to the yard to tend to our horse, Lucy. She doesn’t care what day it is or what the weather is doing. She wants breakfast, outdoor adventures and needs a fresh bed.
What’s something you’ve done that no one would believe if you didn’t have proof?
Speaking at the BOSS Awards and the BOSS Business Supplies Charity Patrons Dinner. It was way beyond my comfort zone and my kids can’t believe I did it. I don’t like being in the spotlight and to say I was nervous is an understatement. I suffered through them with shaking hands and a quivering voice.
What’s something new in your life right now?
Meditation. I recently injured my shoulder and it has been instrumental in reducing negative emotions, increasing my tolerance and patience, and providing a focus on something other than the pain.
My children. I have four and they are all beautiful, clever, successful and pretty well-rounded individuals. The adage ‘behind every child who believes in themselves, there is a parent who believed in them first’ is so true.
Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
I’m not sure how you categorise who is the most famous, but I have met many renowned figures over the years. An unusual one is Michael Bublé. He’s such a showman, funny and very entertaining. One of my favourites, though, is opera singer Russell Watson.
What was the last book you read?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irvine. Recommended to me by a friend recently and is really worth the read. Reading it on a Kindle with a dictionary has taught me so much.
Favourite holiday so far?
A trip to the Yukon in northwest Canada for its breathtaking scenery and mesmerising northern lights. The temperature plummeted to -34°C, the snow reached three feet high and we saw the lights for three consecutive nights. Snowmobiling through the countryside and across a frozen lake will never be forgotten.
Name three items on your bucket list.
- Master a musical instrument. I would like to learn to play the saxophone.
- A cruise to Antarctica to see the glaciers, snow-covered land and amazing wildlife. My husband may need some convincing though!
- To live in another country for a period of time, ideally a place like Bordeaux in France. I want to immerse myself in the local culture and learn the language.
If you could swap places with someone for a day, who would it be and why?
Sadly no longer with us, celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain is the person I’d choose. I can’t think of anything more fun than travelling around the globe, meeting people, experiencing different cultures, traditions and food and generally soaking up the history that the world has to offer.
Nail-picking and biting, especially toenails. Do people not realise the host of germs lurking under their nails?
Any irrational fears?
I’m afraid of heights. The most irrational is when I am somewhere like the Empire State Building with lots of other people – I can’t go anywhere near the edge. I hate anything that involves being more than a few feet off the ground.
Most embarrassing industry moment?
I don’t have an embarrassing industry moment, not unless I was under the influence and can’t remember.
Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I haven’t eaten anything weird and wonderful like snake or dog, but I am a foodie and love almost everything – except oysters. I can’t get my head around them and don’t see the point.
What’s your karaoke song?
American Pie because it doesn’t matter how bad your voice is, you can always belt it out and the crowd will always join in.