What was your first-ever job? Aged 13 I worked on a farm, picking peas and pulling Brussels sprouts from the plant bed.
What’s been your worst job interview? Having just learned shorthand, I had an interview at a shipping company where I was asked to take dictation. I could not understand the man’s accent eventually I gave up and just pretended. When he left the room, having asked me to type up my shorthand, I ran away.
What was the first music single you bought? Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel.
How do you describe your job to your mates? I’m off to sell lots of crisps!
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Working in partnership with other Kentish food producers to create the national Kent Crisps brand, then to develop the brand internationally.
What’s the least rewarding part? Being let down by people I deal with in any aspect of my work.
What’s your motto? There’s no such word as “can’t”.
What’s your nickname? Corps. Many years ago I was sent a letter at work addressed to “Argy Corpeter” (my maiden name was Carpenter). Corps has stuck!
If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be? A full-time personal assistant who organised every aspect of my life.
What’s your favourite movie and why? It has to be One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It sums up beating the system, beating the bad guys, not taking ‘no’ for an answer or life too seriously.
Any phobias? Not really, although I am not keen on being swung around up high on things like the London Eye.
If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? Jamie Oliver. He has so much energy with so many great ideas and his branding is to die for.
If you could change one thing in grocery what would it be? I would hasten the growth of small independents.
What luxury would you have on your desert island? A really comfy double bed and canopy.
What animal best reflects your personality and why? A cat. I work hard to get what I need to get done and while I do need people around me in a team I am very independent.