'Learn from experience and enjoy what you do'
Q What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? A Things happen - that's business. Not everything always goes to plan so when it doesn't, then accept it and manage the situation.
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Q What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A Never be afraid to ask a question, listen to feedback, learn from experience and enjoy what you do. The path to success can be a rocky one. Accept the good times with the bad, never give up and keep moving forward.
Q If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A Radio or television presenter. I have been fortunate enough to present on several occasions at conferences and media events and, strangely enough, love doing it.
Q What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A I do not say it with any pride but it was so long ago I don't remember. Plans for where I'm going next? If and when it happens, then whatever feels right at the time.
Q What are your hobbies and interests?
A Apart from regularly walking my three dogs, my iPod with its extensive collection of blues and rock, reading and attempting to complete crosswords.
Q What is your favourite sport and team?
A It has to be rugby union and, of course, Ireland. Having just relocated to Exeter, I've also just been to my first Exeter Chiefs match and absolutely loved it.
Q And have you ever played any sports?
AI was born and bred on rugby at the Royal School Armagh and ended my rugby playing days at golden oldies level in Bahrain. That's my version of an international career.
Q If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A Either The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth or The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Both are great reads for most ages and in my opinion at least as good, if not better than the screenplays.
Q Have you any economic predictions?
A No, except to say the world will be no less competitive or challenging as every year goes by.
QHow would you assess your time in business with the company?
AI have been in situ only since the start of year; however with over 30 years of aviation experience I hope to impart knowledge gained from various roles worldwide and make a positive impact and major contribution to Flybe. The industry has been very good to me and offered varied and senior roles in different geographic locations around the world.
QHow would you sum up working in the sector?
a The aviation industry is extremely challenging and competitive, but for the right person it gets into your blood and is addictive. It is a very exciting and diverse environment, offering many varied career paths, with something different always happening.