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The last word: Ollie Woodmansee

Ollie Woodmansee, sales director, Avis

What has been your biggest achievement in your current role?

Building a highly successful and motivated team that knows how to succeed, knows how to deal with a challenge and win, and knows how to have fun in the process.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

Without question my wife, who has always provided an objective view, is happy to challenge me if she thinks I am on the wrong road and, of course, is always very supportive.

What is your dream holiday?

Those who know me well know that travel is a big part of my life, so choosing one dream holiday is very difficult. Almost any long-haul destination is a must. I am a big fan of the Far East, so probably a trip to Hong Kong and Thailand would grab my attention.

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

My brother-in-law to arrange a Skype call.

What is your favourite sitcom?

Outnumbered. I’m a father of two – need I say more?

What is your favourite film?

Steve McQueen’s 1971 classic Le Mans. I remember sitting, aged 11, with my dad in a field watching this on a big screen while camping at the British Grand Prix. A great memory.

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

My wife, my kids and a boat.

What is your dream car?

Ferrari 250 GTO. Rare, exclusive, fast and great to look at.

When was the last time you took public transport?

Last week. I took a train to London for a meeting.

When did you last feel guilty about the environment and why?

The last time I was at a historic racing event. It was great fun, but a field of 50-year-old cars at full throttle is not the best for the environment.

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

A very large Sunseeker yacht. It would be a great way to share the win with friends and family.

What is your favourite book?

Jeremy Clarkson’s I Know You Got Soul. I am a big fan of irreverence and observational humour.

What is the first thing you would do if you were made Prime Minister?

Ensure that child poverty was eradicated. Despite the current financial climate we should ensure that our children are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential. They are the future for us all.

What was your biggest mistake in business, and what did you learn?

Very early on, thinking that taking guidance and advice was a sign of weakness. I soon learned we can all learn from each other.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Motivational/empowering and very focused. I am a firm believer in choosing the right people. Motivate them, develop them, tell them what you want and you get results.

Who was your childhood hero?

My dad. He always found the time to fix everything I broke, including a new television I tried to water like a plant.

Which historical character do you most identify with?

Donald Campbell. He had a great give-it-a-go mentality.

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

Trust your instincts; say yes to as many adventures as possible.

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

A fast car – I am a fully confessed petrol-head.

Which comics superhero would you like to be?

Superman. I would love to be able to fly.

What was the pivotal moment in your life?

Without question the day I was told I was going to be a dad – to twins.

What is your favourite restaurant meal?

I recently went to an upmarket Chinese restaurant and had chocolate dim sum. Fantastic.

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