Kerry Collinge, marketing director, 9Nine Brand Foods, on making the truth fascinating, Moulin Rouge and pho bo

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What was your first-ever job? Teaching tap dancing to three-year-olds. Most of the hour’s lesson was spent either wiping their noses or bums.

What’s been your worst job interview? For a dogfood company. I had to eat some of the dogfood. Enough said.

What was the first music single you bought? China in Your Hand by T’Pau.

How do you describe your job to your mates? Making the truth fascinating! Specifically, turning seeds from unsung heroes into superstars.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I love working with bright, inspiring, passionate and driven people.

What is the least rewarding part? Budgets.

If you were allowed one dream perk, what would it be? To be allowed to work from a beach in south east Asia and do yogic conference calls.

Do you have any phobias? Anything that breathes underwater.

If you could change one thing in grocery, what would it be? Buyers. They get in the way of us getting our amazing products to consumers…

What luxury would you have on a desert island? Gin. Monkey 47 if I can be specific.

What animal most reflects your personality? My mum always says I am just like my Scorpio scorpion, with a nasty sting in the tail. I like to think more hedgehog…. Cute but can be prickly if needs be.

What’s your favourite film? Moulin Rouge. Beauty, truth, love… and musical theatre. What more could a girl want?

What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? Having D and V on a longboat in Vietnam. We had to stop the boat where they took me to the ‘village toilet’ - a platform suspended above the Mekong Delta, with little to cover my modesty or movements. The entire village came out to watch.

Which celebrity would you most like to work with? Ruby Wax. Her courage and honesty about her own battles with her head, the humour that she brings to such a serious subject and her dedication to unravelling the stigma that surrounds mental health issues are nothing less than miraculous.

What would your death row meal be? Pho bo. I ate this three times a day for a month once and never felt happier or healthier in my whole life.