MD, Frankonia, on Vienna, abolishing ready meals and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
What was your first-ever job? I worked for an investment bank, reconciling accounts.
What’s been your worst job interview? During one, I was asked about my weaknesses and I froze. I couldn’t think of anything because I was so shocked by the question, so I just made something up. I now ask everyone I interview that question.
What is the first music single you ever bought? Vienna by Ultravox. It is still one of my favourite songs today.
How do you describe your job to your mates? It is like driving a race car at high speed on a small mountain road. There is lots going on every day at a very fast pace and I must be on high alert.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? We deliver a very bespoke service to our clients and they very much express their appreciation.
What is the least rewarding part? Staff can sometimes not act their age and it can get frustrating.
What is your motto in life? Live and let live.
If you were allowed a dream perk, what would it be? I work long hours and having my own private chef would make my life so much easier. Perhaps he could also double up as a masseur!
Do you have any phobias? Snakes!
If you could change one thing in grocery, what would it be? I would abolish ready meals. They are full of sugar. People need to cook and take control over what they eat.
What luxury would you have on a desert island? A luxury yacht, complete with crew for a quick getaway when I get bored.
What animal most reflects your personality? A sheepdog. Fun-loving, playful and loyal.
What is your favourite film and why? Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. I love how every nation is portrayed in a stereotypical way. Gert Fröbe, who plays the German Von Holstein, does everything with a book of instructions - it is hilarious!
What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? Asking a retired customer I had bumped into if he still had three mobile phones for his three different girlfriends, not realising he had brought his wife, who was next to him.
Which celebrity would you most like to work with and why? James Martin. I like his style and he is quite dishy.