01 Career history:
I joined the oil industry way back in 1975. I joined Elf just after they entered the UK market with the acquisition of VIP Petroleum and worked for them for 12 years. I left Elf to join US-based consultants MPSI Systems where I looked after oil company clients across the world. I joined Catalist, as the company was then called, in 2001 specifically to develop its business in the UK and Ireland. In 2006 Catalist was acquired by Experian and I am still there (only until July 31!) and I still look after the retail fuel sector. In conjunction with James Haigh I am responsible for Catalist’s UK retail pricing services as used across the industry.
02 Dream job (if you weren’t doing this):
I always wanted to be a pilot.
03 What do you drive:
A black Ford Focus ST (the 280bhp boy racer version).
04 What would you like to drive:
Porsche 911 GT3.
05 Perfect day:
With the family on a Greek Island.
06 Favourite team:
I am from Manchester so it has to be the Reds. Locally I will go and watch Forrest Green Rovers. I am not keen on the vegan pies though!
07 Favourite read:
Forecourt Trader, of course. What else is there?
08 Favourite film:
The Night Porter.
09 Best holiday:
China, such a fascinating experience.
10 Most likely to say:
"Yes, we have the data."
11 Least likely to say:
"Pass the sprouts."
12 Possessions you couldn’t do without:
Contact lenses and running shoes.
13 Most admire:
Nelson Mandela, a true leader.
14 Greatest fear:
My wife if I have forgotten to tell her I am going to be late!
15 Greatest achievement:
Being part of Team GB and coming home in fourth place in my age group in the European Duathlon Championships in Madrid in 2015.
16 Most recent business achievement/s of note:
Helping get our daily fuel price data into the sat nav systems of most of the European car manufacturers.
17 Pet hate:
18 Thoughts on the forecourt sector.
Great bunch of entrepreneurial people.
19 Three words to describe yourself:
Noisy, energetic and sometimes a bit messy!
20 Anything else we should know:
I am retiring on July 31 after more than 45 years in the industry and I guess I am going to miss it!