What was your first-ever job? Selling ice creams at the local cricket club. When the sun shone I could make quite a decent amount on a Sunday. I was stopped in my enterprise when the club realised that I was making the money by leaving the cricket ground and wandering up and down the sea front selling the ice creams to holidaymakers.
What was your worst job interview? Half way through an interview with a major brewery I tried to stand up to get a glass of water. Unfortunately my leg had gone to sleep and I collapsed – surprisingly my image as a professional account manager also hit the floor.
What was the first music single you bought? I brought an Andy Williams song for my parents – although as a seven-year-old I didn’t realise that we would need to buy a record player before my gift could be appreciated.
How do you describe your job to your mates? I sell beer to supermarkets.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the sales figures at the end of the month – if they are good that is!
What is the least rewarding part? Seeing the sales figures at the end of the month – if they are bad.
What is your motto in life? ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.’
What’s your nickname? At school it was Hols, Holly or Holly Chuckles.
If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be? A helicopter to travel to and from customers and the brewery as I seem to spend an unreasonable amount of time on the nation’s motorways.
What’s your favourite movie and why? The Shawshank Redemption. Brilliant acting by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, fantastic story about the triumph of the human spirit and a great ending. Has a better movie ever been made?
What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? Feeling so queasy during the birth of our third son that I was left prostrate on the floor in the delivery room. Funnily enough my wife hasn’t mentioned it since.
Do you have any phobias? As I have got older I have to admit that I am becoming increasingly frightened of heights.
If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? If David Beckham could be persuaded to drop Sainsbury’s to represent Butcombe Brewery, we could use his celebrity status to launch ‘Butcombe Golden Balls Ale’.