How long have you been in the industry?
When I left school I joined the family business as an apprentice litho printer; at 32 I was running three printing companies in the UK. Garment decoration and promotional items came along in my career 18 years ago. I clearly remember my first screen printing job, it was a T-shirt order for a TV series back in the 80s called Network 7. Since then, new and alternative garment decoration methods have been on my radar.
What’s your most over-used word or phrase?
You don’t need a reason to help someone’. If we all think like this I am sure the world would be a better place.
Which tune can’t you get out of your head at the moment?
ELO, Mr Blue Sky. I listen to this during take-offs. I travel a lot for business so long-haul flights are part of my normal working week – this can be exhausting and create negativity. Provided it is daylight you are guaranteed a blue sky after take-off; this is where I relax and recharge my positivity batteries.
What’s your favourite sports team?
Red Bull Racing F1. If it’s not fast and dangerous I lose interest. Through my childhood I climbed up the ranks in schoolboy motocross. In my prime I was quite competitive and actually appeared on TV, but sadly injuries meant I had to quit or face the consequences another serious crash could bring. That was simply too much for my mother to deal with and the end of schoolboy motocross for me.
Tomato ketchup or brown sauce?
I am definitely a fan of ketchup, not brown sauce.
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
Getting my hand stuck in a printing press. Thankfully I didn’t lose it, but the gripper bar on the printing press had to be ground off to free my arm.
What’s your most unappealing habit?
Eating junk food. It’s a nasty habit, but I think it is my only one.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Flying long haul and getting free upgrades. I get a lot of air miles because of my job and like to use them whenever at all possible.
What’s your hidden talent?
Flying: I became a qualified pilot almost 20 years ago. Since then I have flown everything from flexwing two-seater microlights to pulling 7Gs looping an RAF jet.
If you were to do another job, what would it be?
Getting kids involved in outdoor pursuits instead of staring at a TV screen or phone all day.
If you could be anywhere on Earth right now, where would you be?
At home with my family on the farm. It’s a much slower pace of life than the DTG industry.
Which gadget or app couldn’t you live without?
This is a toss-up between my Leatherman multi tool and my tractor.
If you could ask one person (living or dead) one question, what would you ask?
I would ask my late father, ‘Are you okay Dad?’.