Biggest achievement in your current role?
When I think back to when we first sat round the table with the ideal of establishing a Trimble footprint here in the UK and then to see us having rolled out to some of the country’s largest fleets with no major issues it makes me proud of what we have achieved.
Person who has had the biggest influence on your career?
The MD of the first company I worked for who taught me the fact that it is just as important to recognise what you don’t know as well as what you do.
What’s your dream holiday and why?
2 weeks in Mauritius – away from it all with my family spending quality time in the beautiful surroundings and with no phone.
Last person you received a text message from?
A potential supplier in Belgium – I shall say no more…
What is your favourite sitcom and why?
Seinfeld – because it takes the minutia of life and makes it compelling viewing – the genius is in the detail.
Favourite film and why?
Withnail and I is definitely one of my favourites – it always makes me laugh and I love humour.
You are on a desert island – what three things do you take with you?
Salad cream as I am not allowed it at home, an iPad and a great book as I don’t often get chance to read.
When was the last time you took public transport and where were you going?
Yesterday I took the train to London for a meeting.
What is the first thing you would do if you were made Prime Minister for the day?
Get rid of stamp duty to allow people to move house more easily and move up the property chain.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy and why?
Round the world tickets for the family so we could see and experience all the amazing places in the world we may otherwise not get to.
What was your biggest mistake in business – and what did you learn from it?
Not realising you can lean form success as well as failure - you often take time out to ponder your failure but rarely your success and really understanding why something worked it just as important knowing why it didn’t.
What is your best childhood memory?
Playing in the junior golf open at Wentworth – so near to sporting greatness and yet so far!
Your favourite dish at a restaurant and why?
For a good night out you cannot beat a good curry but if I was going more upmarket it would be a beautifully cooked fish dish in an Italian restaurant – I love Italian flavours and simple cooking.
Favourite Book and why?
Henderson the Rain King – because it is so obtuse and kooky, it really makes me think.
How would you describe your leadership style?
Empowering in a supportive way – I believe you should give people the room to make their own mistakes but also achieve their potential.
When did you last feel guilty about the environment and why?
With 26 international flights this year I do think about the environmental impact a lot – every time I get on a plane, I do think there must be a better, greener way.
Who was your childhood hero and why?
Greg Norman – the golfer – I loved to watch him and had visions of one day following in his footsteps.
Which historical character do you most identify with?
Oscar Wilde as I am often told I have an acerbic wit!
What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
A lot! Firstly, get a haircut, buy houses while they are cheap and be more entrepreneurial.
What is the one object you couldn’t live without?
My blackberry – sad I know but it is vital from a business perspective. More personally I have a small alarm clock that I have had since I was 18 and has woken me up for every significant event in my life.
Which superhero from comics would you most like to be and why?
The hulk – I like people to now when I am angry!
Aston martin DBS convertible.
Pivotal moment in your life - and why?
Like most people, having children changed me – it gave me a sense of purpose and perspective.