On the spot: Raj Shah, independent financial planner with Blue Wealth Capital.

What was your first job?

Raj Shah: Follower of the Paleo lifestyle and a big HIIT in the gymnasium.

Cleaning shelves in my dad’s shop.

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

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I started at the Aviva call centre, so I could well have been a senior manager there.

What was your worst mistake?

Not meeting my gorgeous wife Fiona soon enough.

What’s you ideal day away from the office?

Early train to London, spending time with my mum who is recovering from cancer and taking her to visit a gallery.

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

The Dalai Lama – I find his wisdom inspiring.

What was your best subject at school?


What are your hobbies?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at my gym and I am following the Paleo lifestyle.

What would you do if you won the Lottery?

Pay close family’s mortgages off, be philanthropic to favourite charities.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

My Loake brogues.

What’s your favourite time of day?

I love the chaos of mornings.

What’s the best thing about Yorkshire?


What would you like your epitaph to be?

My friend passed away a few years ago… I love his epitaph: Big heart, big man, big smile.