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Dan Parnell of Glass's answers Barker's Dozen

Date: 26 November 2013

Glass's head of fleet talks chipping and running, a Tricky situation, and being proud of The Bribes in his life.

1.     What was your first job?
At 15 I was stacking shelves at the local Kwiksave. Far from glamorous but it provided the means for a young man to start developing a social life.  


2.      What was your first company car?
A neurotic Peugeot 407 - it had particularly sensitive warning lights and regularly got the vehicular equivalent of man flu. 


3.      What did you listen to on your last car journey?
My iPod is always on shuffle or I listen to BBC 6 Music.


4.      What one thing do you wish you could do better?
The perfect 'chip and run' golf shot, which cozies up nicely to the pin.


5.      What's your biggest achievement?
Outside of family/career it would be when my band, The Bribes, did gigs with The Fratellis and The Futureheads.


6.      Who are your role models?
The main one is the late Sir Bobby Robson. He had a way of inspiring people and accelerating performance, which is something I would like to emulate.


7.      What's the stupidest thing you've done?
Possibly organising a night out to see Tricky playing at the Town & Country in Leeds and then leaving the tickets in Newcastle, despite repeat assurances to my friends that I knew where the tickets were. And I did - they were in my university dorm room, in the second drawer down, on the left hand side, about an inch from the front.


8.      What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting?
How best to produce future residual values. Predicting the future isn't easy but I'm really confident in the Glass's approach and the people. I'm looking forward to delivering a really credible proposition that supports the market in one of its most challenging areas.  


9.      What's in your garage?
A Merc C220, various gardening implements, some golf equipment old enough to be on display at St Andrews, and possibly rodents.


10.      What's the worst thing about your job?
As much as I like driving it would have to be the time wasted on lengthy car journeys. If I could only teleport.


11.      What one law would you make or change?
I would outlaw HGV overtaking.  


12.      What keeps you awake at night?
My daughter Emily - she hasn't slept through once in 18 months.


13.      Who is your ideal celebrity date?
Natalie Portman - a very, very, talented lady.

Name: Dan Parnell
Company: Glass's
Job title: Head of fleet and finance
Home town: Newcastle
Family: Wife Rachel and 18-month old daughter, Emily
Age: 34
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