Joel Albyn of Cap HPI answers Barker's Dozen
21 September 2016
1 What was your first job?
After university, my first proper job was working for Ford Motor Company coding a number of global parts distribution systems. Not glamorous, but very interesting nonetheless
2 What was your first company car, and what do you drive now?
I've never had a company car as the roles I've had never required one (I always take the allowance instead!) However, my first car was the old-style, very 'boxy' VW Polo.
It was a great little car - until some reprobate crashed into it parked on the side of the road and did a runner. I now drive a Land Rover Discovery 4 (which is much sturdier than the VW Polo).
I currently drive a BMW 520d M-sport Touring Auto.
3 What did you listen to on your last car journey?
There's nothing better than turning the music up loud to de-stress on the commute back home. However, on the way into work this morning, I listened to some of the Today programme on Radio 4 as it's a little more 'chilled' and educational at 6.30am.
4 What one thing do you wish you could do better?
A better and more adventurous cook. If my mother wasn't so good when I was younger, and my wife so good now, I'd probably try a little harder and spend more time learning.
5 What's your biggest achievement?
Design and delivery of a bespoke e-commerce platform that is now powering online grocery propositions for Walmart around the world (generating over $1bn in revenue every year).
6 What are your three favourite films?
Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, and with two young children, it has to be The Lego Movie.
7 What's the stupidest thing you've done?
I felt pretty stupid when I put petrol in my diesel car. Won't do that again.
8 What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting
Strangely, it was an interesting conversation regarding the definition of an introvert.
9 What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
All things Apple Macintosh. I'm a tech geek at heart.
10 What's the worst thing about your job?
Just finding enough hours in the day with the team to drive our strategy and roadmaps.
11 What one law would you make or change?
Something to stop the extortionate prices of flights/holidays during school holidays.
12 What did you want to be when you grew up?
A graphic designer.
13 Who is your ideal celebrity date?
Actress Natalie Portman.
Company Cap HPI
Job title Director, product & innovation
Home town Selby
Family Wife and two children
Sum up your company in 13 words or fewer Market-leading technology for smarter automotive decisions