Name: Stuart MacFarlane

Age: 40

Born: In Scotland and raised in Newcastle. I don't know if I'm a Geordie or a Scot!

Career: Joined Rolls-Royce as a financial accountant, switching to Scottish & Newcastle two years later, at which time I qualified as a chartered management accountant. I joined Whitbread (which later sold its brewing interest to InBev) in 1992, holding a range of senior roles in the UK and Ireland before becoming global director of customer standards two years ago. I took up my current role in February

Interests: I'm football mad. I'm the kind of guy who could watch Rotherham versus Rochdale and I would enjoy it as much as Liverpool versus Chelsea

Supports: Newcastle United and Motherwell is my Scottish team

If you weren't doing this job what would you like to be doing? I'd be a teacher or a university lecturer. I'd definitely like to teach