'Transport people know how to do a day's work'
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: Populate your personal boardroom with people who know more than you.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: It's not what you know. It's how you apply it. Learn to listen.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: I stayed on track when setting up Seatruck Ferries Ltd and believed in the unique value of the proposition, despite the many hurdles.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: I'd be writing a book.
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: Swimming at Downhill Beach in Castlerock. Goodness knows where I'll end up next.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: The protection of nature. The understanding of human nature.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: I'm just like a penguin. I can swim pretty fast (which I do regularly) but my running is more of a sedate waddle. I'm very proud of the Northern Ireland football team. They punch above their weight and they make excellent ambassadors of us all.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: Not really of the team variety. I've always been into swimming and more recently yoga, Pilates and hill walking.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: It's a tie between Any Human Heart by William Boyd and Sane New World by Ruby Wax (below).
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: Great potential for growth and prosperity if we collectively learn to pull on the same general rope. If we stick with identity politics, it's not going to end well.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with Foyle Port?
A: An enormous privilege. Eye-opening, inspiring and extremely enjoyable. Such a lovely city and such lovely people. The north west city region is a gem, and Foyle Port is a gem within the region.
Q: How do you sum up working in the sector?
A: Challenging and colourful. Only the fittest survive. The transport sector is packed full of practical, down to earth, talented people who have a wicked sense of humour, who do not suffer fools and who know how to put in a proper day's work.