Oliver Hammond of Contracthireacar.com answers The Final Corner
20 December 2016
1 What was your first job?
Unsure if a paper round or ironing in a ladies' clothes shop on a Saturday really counts. My first job was in inbound sales for one of the UK's leading PC manufacturers, now no longer in business.
2 What was your first company car, and what do you drive now?
The first was a Ford Escort Ghia. Nowadays, between the vehicles from our leasing pool, I'm in my 10th year of Renault Vel Satis ownership, which must indicate madness.
3 What did you listen to on your last car journey?
Andrea Bocelli's Cieli di Toscana. I apologise to anyone who's had the misfortune of overhearing me attempt to sing along.
4 What one thing do you wish you could do better?
I'll be bold and say conquer my loathing of the telephone, being very much a digital person, and shy to boot.
5 What's your biggest achievement?
Formerly, taking a business of mine to its peak. Latterly, spending a week with some of the finest cars in the world.
6 What are your three favourite films?
Good Will Hunting, Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace film for the BBC, and The Intouchables.
7 What's the stupidest thing you've done?
I accidentally sent a jubilant, celebratory email to a new client instead of to my colleagues at a software firm
8 What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting
The redesign of the Contracthireacar.com website, along with whether additional microsites are worthwhile.
9 What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Television presenters, as my natural knowledge of who presents what and other details surrounding their careers is quite impressive, if a tad useless.
10 What's the worst thing about your job?
Dress-down Fridays, as I possess more suits and formal clothes than I do casual clobber.
11 What one law would you make or change?
I'd love to see the law that prohibits cyclists using pavements amended so that it only applies during off-peak times, saving commuters from having to jostle with bicycles on the roads.
12 What did you want to be when you grew up?
I never had a set career in mind, my aspirations fluctuating regularly between being a lawyer, forestry ranger, antiques dealer or writer.
13 Who is your ideal celebrity date?
Amanda Stretton, the motoring journalist and racing driver.
Job title Marketing manager
Home town Yorkshireman now living in Cheshire
Family Married to Isabel. No kids and our beloved cat Ellie passed away recently
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