Belfast Telegraph

'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.

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