‘Our acad­emy will be a big in­vest­ment in staff’

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Q what’s the best piece of busi­ness (or life) ad­vice you’ve ever been given?

A work hard, be hum­ble and work as a team and you can’t go wrong.

Qwhat piece of ad­vice would you pass on to some­one start­ing out in busi­ness?

A the key things are to do your re­search, net­work as much as you can and never be afraid to ask for ad­vice.

Q what was your best busi­ness de­ci­sion?

A A re­cent one that I took, to im­ple­ment an Acad­emy and Well­ness Cen­tre, which will take time to take ef­fect but re­sults will be very re­ward­ing. It’s a huge in­vest­ment in staff, who are our great­est as­set. We’ve also re­cently spon­sored some lo­cal sports clubs, to give back to the com­mu­nity which has sup­ported us over the years.

Q IF you weren’t do­ing this job, what would be your other ca­reer?

A orig­i­nally, I wanted to join the RAF and be a fighter pi­lot.

Q what was your last hol­i­day? Where are you go­ing next? Athis

year it was China and Viet­nam, which was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, and on my next hol­i­day I hope to climb Kil­i­man­jaro.

Q what are your hob­bies/ in­ter­ests?

A i’ve taken up run­ning in the last cou­ple of years, and com­pleted the Belfast Marathon this year.

Q what is your favourite sport and team? AI love rugby, and am a big sup­porter of both the Ul­ster and Ire­land rugby teams.

Q and have you ever played any sports? AI played hockey for Grosvenor Gram­mar and the civil ser­vice.

Q IF you en­joy read­ing, can you rec­om­mend a book? Athe ma­jor­ity of my read­ing is re­lated to the in­dus­try, so I rarely get the chance to read for plea­sure.

Q how would you de­scribe your early life? AI had a very tra­di­tional up­bring­ing in Belfast with my par­ents and brother and sis­ter. Our favourite thing was to get away to the coun­try at the week­ends, to visit our grand­par­ents in Lis­bane.

Q have you any eco­nomic pre­dic­tions?

A specif­i­cally with re­gard to the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions and their out­come; what­ever hap­pens fur­ther down the line, ev­ery in­dus­try must adapt and re­act.

Colin is a big sup­porter of both the Ul­ster (above) and Ire­land rugby teams

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