ICFM chairman Roddy Graham answers Barker's Dozen
29 September 2008
BusinessCar deputy editor Paul Barker puts 13 testing questions to ICFM chairman and Leasedrive Velo director Roddy Graham
1. What was your first job? A summer job as a green keeper raking bunkers and cutting grass. Then I worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland in retail banking.
2. What was your first company car? A Vauxhall Chevette E 3-door, probably the worst car ever made.
3. What did you listen to on your last car journey? Radio 5 Live.
4. What one thing do you wish you could do better? Any form of DIY - I'm useless.
5. What is your biggest achievement? Helping to build Leasedrive Velo into the successful and profitable business it is today.
6. Who are your role models? I am not sure I have role models. I admired my late father for his balance and wisdom, Nick Faldo for being one of the greatest sportsmen despite the constant press criticism and Nelson Mandela for being the greatest role model ever for humanity.
7. What is the stupidest thing you have done? Buying a tie in a boutique on the Ponte Vechio in Florence. Being totally engaged with the attractive lady assistant, I totally miscalculated the Sterling to Lira exchange rate and paid £100 for a tie I thought cost £10!
8. What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting? How we can support our clients through the stormy economic climate.
9. What is in your garage? Lots of junk, numerous golf clubs, a couple of bicycles and a Harley Davidson motorcycle and accessories.
10. What is the worst thing about your job? Occasionally having to deal with narrow minded individuals who cannot or are not prepared to understand the importance of trust and open and positive communication in business.
11. What one law would you make or change? Change the ability for a political party in Government to change leader (Prime Minister) without a general election. The electorate must choose our PM.
12. What keeps you awake at night? Our dogs when they hear foxes in the garden!
13. Who is your ideal celebrity date? For interesting conversation, it would be Aung San Suu Kyi, the 62-year-old exiled Burmese leader. For totty element, the list would be far too long!