What’s the greatest bit of advice you have ever received?
When I trained to be a teacher many years ago a tutor briefed us before we did our first teaching practice. He said “With kids, go in as a firm disciplinarian and then you can soften up over time; never do it the other way round because you’ll never get the discipline back.” This was a lesson I carried through when I first became a line manager.
What technology innovation made the most impact on your life (good or bad!)?
I despair that most of the population now seem to have a mobile phone glued to their hand at all times of the day and night. Standing at any bus stop is a depressing sight.
Who is your inspiration?
Patti Smith, for refusing to grow old and being as ‘rock and roll’ as when I was first bowled over by her and her music in 1975.
What is your favourite quote?
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The setting up of Real People.