Belfast Telegraph

'You have got to constantly work on your skills to grow'

This week's Q & A: Chris Conway

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: Just be yourself and enjoy what you are doing. If you are not enjoying what you are doing then work to change it, perseverance usually pays off.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A: It's important to continuously work on growing your skills and expertise and to encourage the team you are working with to grow theirs. I like the saying 'every day is a school day' and I've tried to put that in to practice by pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and learn new skills.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Joining Translink of course, it's a great company with a very loyal and committed team of people. There is also a great opportunity to grow public transport in NI.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A: I always fancied being an architect, but I was rubbish at art. However, I still like buildings and good architecture.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: I had a camping (or glamping) holiday in France with my family this summer. We usually take a break in Donegal or Westport over Easter.

Q: What are your hobbies/interest?

A: I spend most of my spare time with my family and supporting them in what they are doing. I have spent a lot of time over the years helping out at youth club or football training. I also like to get involved in helping out in not-for-profit organisations. I've been on the board of Young Enterprise NI for many years, am chair of the board of NI Co-operation Overseas and recently joined the board of Business in the Community.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I tend to follow sports that my children enjoy, so that's hurling, rowing and football. My father was Man Utd supporter so that has been passed down to me and my children.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I've tried lots but was never very good - I just run now. I ran the inaugural Belfast City Marathon when I was 18 and have been running ever since.

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: I just read for relaxation and light entertainment, usually crime thrillers. On holiday I read the Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham, it was entertaining.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Very happy and great fun. I have five brothers and sisters so home was always full of fun, although my parents had a strong work ethic and we all had our jobs to do. My first job was as a paper boy when I was about 14.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: I've been to several post-referendum events, hosted by the great and good in economics, and they don't seem to have a clue what's going to happen so all I can say is that's likely to be a bumpy ride for a few years.

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