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5:16pm Thursday 22nd March 2012 in Q&A
Describe your job
I am venue director at the Rendezvous Casino, Brighton Marina – making it a vibrant, convivial and exciting venue to visit.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Demanding but true to my word and respectful of everyone.
Your idea of a good time – highbrow or lowbrow?
Both – I’d enjoy watching boxing or a night at the opera.
Do you live to work or work to live?
No real differentiation – I get so much enjoyment out of working time but I don’t think about it if I’m off work.
Best advice you’ve been given?
Make sure you deliver the bottom line.
What is your favourite movie?
Worst advice you’ve been given?
Follow the tried and trusted way – it’s a good recipe for decline.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Managing a business over-burdened by debt. Everything was about cost and there was no creativity at all.
Who’s your business guru?
Gary Hughes, who is a non-exec director of Sainsbury and a good friend, and James Mortimer, whose clubs and restaurants in Glasgow have amazingly high standards. I also really admire Steve Wynn, the founder of numerous great Vegas casinos, for his creativity.
Business lunches – ‘just water for me, thanks’ or ‘can I see the wine list?
Nothing wrong with a nice glass of wine!
Dragons’ Den or The Apprentice?
Apprentice no question. It’s hilarious.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Gambling of course.
What was the last book you read?
A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr What was the last album you bought?
21 by Adele but I don’t think I can listen to another of her songs for the next 10 years she’s so overplayed.
Most detestable piece of business speak?
“I’ll monitor it” – generally means I’ll be completely indolent.
What’s your business motto?
Keep looking for a better way.