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Monday all the best: Ian Jeffers, director of The Prince's Trust Northern Ireland

By Kerry McKittrick

Ian Jeffers, 49, is the director of The Prince's Trust Northern Ireland. He lives in Belfast with his wife Nic and their daughters Laura (15), Amy (11), Katie (6) and Poppy (5).

My best moment

Sailing into Fremantle Harbour in Australia the day before Christmas Eve, 2005. It was part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race and it took just over two months to sail from Liverpool. It was just after I left my last job in telecoms and it was a chance for me to shower my head and do something completely different. It was the trip of a lifetime even though there was constant work — I lost half a stone and was fitter than I had ever been by the end.

My best song

It’s a tough choice between Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison but I’m going to choose The Boss. The song is Glory Days and it’s one of those tunes that you can sit down and have a chat with your mates to over a beer.

My best way to relax

I like to water ski with all of my family and friends in Fermanagh — we keep a caravan in Kesh. You can forget about everything on a Saturday afternoon there when you’re out skiing. Even our youngest is into knee-boarding.

My best job

The Prince’s Trust is probably the best one I’ve ever had in terms of job satisfaction. It doesn’t pay half as well as the private sector but the reward from seeing young people develop in confidence and go out and get a job is brilliant.

My best advice

Mine comes from Tom Peters, who is an American management guru. He says never waste a crisis. It’s been used by lots of people but basically it means if there’s ever a problem, you should look for the opportunities afforded by it.

My best gift

It’s my iPad and was given to me by my wife. I do fight over it with the girls on a regular basis — I have my apps and they have theirs. It’s one of those things that you wonder how you survived all those years without it.

My best achievement

Being a decent husband and father to four kids.

My best buy

This is really cheesy but it’s my Leatherman Multi Tool. It’s got everything in it — a knife, a pair of pliers, screwdriver, you name it. It’s much better than a Swiss Army Knife and it’s got me out of everything from taking the batteries out of a kid’s toy to fixing something that couldn’t be fixed. I’ve had it for 15 years and it’s always there when I need it.

The Princes Trust Celebrate Success Awards, which recognise the achievements of disadvantaged young people in the UK, will take place in Titanic Belfast on December 2. For details, visit

My best film

I’m not a movie buff but the film that makes me laugh and cry is ET. It’s one of those ones I can quietly weep away at even though I’m almost 50.

My best book

It’s called Bevis by Richard Jeffries and it’s about mucking about as a youngster. It’s less challenging than Swallows & Amazons and I read it when I was about 11-years-old.

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