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The last word: Julie Boyd

Julie Boyd, founder and managing director, TR Fleet

What has been your biggest achievement in your current role?

I would say I have a couple of notable achievements – employing my first member of staff and tripling our turnover and profit within our first two years of business.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

My 87-year-old mother Kay. She taught me to believe that women can achieve in business – and she’s right! We’re very close and she still is a very big influence in my life.

What is your dream holiday?

I like places that are exciting and challenging, with sun and fun, but I’ve yet to find my dream destination.

Who was the last person you received a text message from?

A friend notifying me that my photograph and an article on TR Fleet featured in the local newspaper.

You are on a desert island – what three things do you take with you?

My iPhone (in case there’s a signal), lipstick and a mosquito net – which would be practical and I could make into several outfits.

When was the last time you took public transport?

Train to London for Lillies lunch at the Roof Gardens, Kensington.

What has been your biggest mistake in business?

Not starting it sooner – I’ve now learnt to believe in myself and that taking risks isn’t always a bad thing.

If you won the Lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

A Fairline Phantom boat. I used to have boats and I really miss the lifestyle.

What is your favourite sitcom?

Outnumbered. It’s light-hearted, humorous and reminds me of my family life, being at home with my parents and my sister. I was always asking lots of interrogating questions like Karen, the daughter in Outnumbered.

And your favourite film?

Mama Mia – because I can sing-a-long!

What would you do if you were made Prime Minister for the day?

Ban smoking.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Camping holidays in Cornwall. Totally carefree – and I’m sure it never used to rain back then.

What is your favourite book?

Connected by Nicholas Chrystakis. It’s a really interesting book about the surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives.

Your favourite dish at a restaurant?

I love fish so probably something simple like baked cod with a Mediterranean tomato and pepper sauce, preferably enjoyed on a sunny terrace, overlooking the sea with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc – or perhaps on the deck of my Fairline Phantom.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Open, fair, magnanimous, assertive, humorous, supportive and, hopefully, inspirational.

When did you last feel guilty about the environment?

I don’t. At work and home I am focused on environmental issues and do all I can to reduce the carbon footprint.

Who was your childhood hero?

Racing driver Stirling Moss. I have always had a passion for racing cars.

Which historical character do you most identify with?

Celtic Queen Boadicea – the first great British warrior leader.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Believe in yourself and don’t change for anyone.

What is the one object you couldn’t live without?

My iphone – they are absolutely amazing.

Which superhero from comics would you most like to be?

Wonderwoman. She looks amazing and she just sets herself off into one of her fabulous ‘costume change twirls’ before heading off to conquer the most challenging tasks.

What is your dream car?

Mercedes-Benz SLK.

What has been a pivotal moment in your life?

Setting up TR Fleet and having my son, Lewis.

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