You know the name, now get to know the person. Tony Palmer, production director at Essential Embroidery Design & Print, discusses running in short-shorts, dressing up as a Christmas pudding and driving a Ferrari California

How long have you been working in the garment decoration industry?
I started in 1987 so this year is my 31st (a scary thought when most of the people I work with were not even born then).

What’s the best thing to ever happen to you at work?
I have been lucky to have a couple of great experiences through work: while printing for Huddersfield Town, we [the team at print and embroidery company Xamax] were invited to the Royal Box at Wembley – that was a memorable experience to witness the team get promoted from the same seats the Queen sits in! I got to drive a Ferrari California around Millbrook Proving Ground while working at MHM Direct GB, which was a unique thrill to drive someone else’s £140K car round a test track, and I have jumped out of a perfectly good aeroplane at 13,000 ft strapped to a complete stranger. While these things did not happen at work, they were all a direct result of my work-life.

Which tune can’t you get out of your head at the moment?
Prince, Purple Rain: it’s my alarm tone and an old favourite.

What’s your favourite TV show?
That changes all the time, but at the moment its Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It makes me belly laugh out loud at the TV.

Salt and vinegar or cheese and onion?
Cheese and onion! Salt and vinegar is just wrong.

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
There are far too many to quote! Christmas party fancy dress as a Christmas pudding still haunts me (all photographic evidence has been destroyed so don’t try looking).

What’s your most unappealing habit?
I have been known to break out into song while working. Although I am well aware I do not have the ability to distinguish a good note from a bad note, I just don’t care.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Running, I started about five years ago and it is my version of escapism: trainers on, headphones in and, with my vest and short-shorts that are specifically designed to embarrass my kids, off I go for a couple of hours of pure me-time.

What’s your hidden talent?
Ask my wife.

If you could have anyone else’s job, whose would you want?
Lewis Hamilton. Paid loads of money to drive a fast car, only works weekends and finished by 4pm! Perfect job.

What is the best place you’ve ever visited?
York Street Working Men’s Club on singles night! It’s like a scene from Star Wars!

Which gadget or app couldn’t you live without?
Fitbit running watch: I become slightly obsessed with how many steps I do, and find myself annoyed if I take the dog for a walk and forget to put it on. It’s almost as if the steps don’t count if they are not on Fitbit.

If you could ask one person (living or dead) one question, what would you ask?
I would ask Charles Darwin: “If we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?”.

Graham Thompson, managing director of Xamax, with fervent Huddersfield Town supporter, actor Patrick Stewart

Tony runs to get some me-time – and to embarrass his kids