Fay Goodman of DriveSafe answers Barker's Dozen
25 March 2015
1 What was your first job?
2 What was your first company car?
A Renault Megane Scenic.
3 What did you listen to on your last car journey?
A Japanese language course.
4 What one thing do you wish you could do better?
Speak (and write) Japanese!
5 What's your biggest achievement?
Passing seventh dan in the martial art of Iaido (way of the Japanese sword) in Japan. And having one of my songs played on Radio 1 [also see answer 12].
6 Who are your role models?
Richard Branson, David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley.
7 What's the stupidest thing you've done?
Losing my car keys - while in my car.
8 What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting?
Whether or not to trademark and copyright our new animation series on road safety.
9 What's in your garage?
An antique fireplace, the very first Self Defence and Beating Crime books I wrote (covered in dust), old accounts (probably way over six years old by now), a lawn mower and other gardening equipment. And a cuddly toy!
10 What's the worst thing about your job?
Dealing with finances.
11 What one law would you make or change?
I'd change planning law to make it as fair to those residents who wish to object to planning applications as it is to those who are seeking planning permission.
12 What keeps you awake at night?
Getting musical inspiration and writing songs. I have to react straightaway even though this means playing the piano at 3am.
13 Who is your ideal celebrity date?
George Clooney, to talk him into taking the lead role in our new, true historical film epic about a bear. But not to be the bear! [Fay is also MD of Goodmedia, an independent film company.]
Company DriveSafe and StaySafe Partnership
Job title Managing director
Home town Birmingham
Sum up your company in 13 words or fewer: Passionate about saving lives using creativity to capture children's and adults' imagination.