On the spot: If I was still a teacher I’d have been retired

What was your first job?

Whilst still at school, a labourer in a timber yard.

If you weren’t in your present position, what would you be doing?

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I was a teacher back in the mid 70s, so had I stayed in the profession I’d have been retired. Otherwise, possibly some aspect of the media, at one time I had an ambition to work in local radio.

What was the worst mistake you ever made?

Trusting one particular event organiser over payment, they eventually reneged on the agreement, which cost us dearly.

What’s your ideal day away from the office?

A long walk in Upper Nidderdale, concluding with dinner for two at The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill. A good opportunity to thank my wife Jill, for all she has to put up with!

Name one person you would like to have dinner with and why?

From our recent past Nelson Mandela, to hear of forgiveness and the ability to see the bigger picture. Currently it would be Sir David Attenborough, to talk of wildlife, travel and broadcasting.

What was your best subject at school?

Probably art or geography and I have always been interested in history.

What are your hobbies?

Family, supporting Leeds Rhinos, travel and fine dining.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I’d indulge my favourite charities, secure my two daughter’s futures and having passed sixty, I’d probably have to review my exit strategy.

What’s the best thing about being in Yorkshire?

Everything.