What was your first-ever job? Milking the cows on my father’s farm, aged 13. I’d milk them every morning, seven days a week, at 3:30am and again in the afternoon.
What was your worst job interview? Well my worst job was working nights at McDonald’s. I only lasted two shifts because I was so exhausted from milking the cows.
What was the first music single you bought? Bicycle Race by Queen.
How do you describe your job to your mates? A dairy farmer who makes ice cream on the side.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? It might sound clichéd, but happy customers really make what we do rewarding. We get emails, letters, tweets and Facebook posts saying how much people love our ice creams and sorbets. The other really delightful part of my job is seeing a new calf born overnight when I get up.
If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be? A two-week holiday - farming doesn’t allow for long breaks!
What’s your favourite movie and why? Gladiator - Russell Crowe is a real man’s man, the ultimate alpha male and in the film he’s an awesome leader.
What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? Far too many to detail here!
Do you have any phobias? Heights.
If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? Sir Ralph Robins, ex-CEO of Rolls Royce in Bristol. He made the brand into the worldwide success that it is today. He wasn’t afraid to take big risks, and they paid off.
If you could change one thing in grocery what would it be? Spread more of the profits throughout the value chain - with more profits going to the producer. Marshfield has been supporting the SOS Dairy campaign.
What luxury would you have on your desert island? An expensive pair of running shoes. Our family gets through a one-litre tub most days, and we’re continually tasting and sampling our own products and those of competitors so I need something to keep me trim. Running is also great for problem solving and thinking up flavour ideas. When you’re running you’re quite focused and can only really think about one thing at a time. So I pick a problem and mull it over while I’m out.