Pete Marden of Kwik Fit answers Barker's Dozen
22 June 2016
1 What was your first job?
Apprentice technician at Kwik Fit.
2 What was your first company car, and what do you drive now?
First company car was a 2007 Ford Mondeo TDCI. I currently drive a BMW 520d M Sport.
3 What did you listen to on your last car journey?
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
4 What one thing do you wish you could do better?
Play golf and move on from novice status!
5 What's your biggest achievement?
Producing two wonderful children. I can only take half the credit, however! In a professional capacity it has to be my journey from apprentice technician to my current role.
6 What are your three favourite films?
The trilogy of Bourne films: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum - a fast-paced series of films with a great story line. I don't have the patience for films that drag or take too long to get into so these are a great watch.
7 What's the stupidest thing you've done?
Writing off my first company car through a width restriction within one week. What a way to start my new role.
8 What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting?
The European referendum and the potential effect on importing within Europe.
9 What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Le Mans and endurance car racing across the world. I attend as many events as I can throughout the year. The Le Mans 24 Hours is my ultimate spectator event and I have been religiously attending for the past 12 years.
10 What's the worst thing about your job?
The M25! Anyone who uses it regularly will understand my point. A close second would have to be the M1. So really it's the travelling. I love driving - but not at 10mph.
11 What one law would you make or change?
Make the advertising of Christmas illegal until December.
12 What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Royal Engineer. After spending many years as a cadet in my teens I was certain I would join the armed forces.
13 Who is your ideal celebrity date?
Vicky Butler-Henderson. We would have so much in common...
Company Kwik Fit
Job title Head of core fleet
Home town Gillingham, Kent
Family Wife Michelle and two sons, Oliver and Jacob
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