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Charles Brook, partner of Poppleton & Appleby Licensed Insolvency Practitioners.
What was your first job?
I remember taking over my sister’s evening paper round when I was 11. Picking up my bag of papers from the village newsagent on my way home from high school and winding my way around over 100 local homes
If you weren’t in your current position what would you be doing?
I always wanted to be an architect. My careers teacher told me that my maths wasn’t good enough… Perhaps they hadn’t seen the technological revolution that was on the horizon and would enable us to overcome our weaknesses.
What was your worst mistake?
I’ve made so many over the years but none from which I haven’t learnt or gained strength of character and purpose. However, I regret not staying in touch with the people that I grew up with. In the heady days of the 1980s whilst chasing a career, I forgot the friends that made me.
Give me a fine day on a Northern beach; my camera, my wife, kids and our dog close by.
Douglas Adams, he was a superb writer, philosopher and visionary.
English Language, with Engineering Drawing a close second. I’ve always delighted in the sound of words and their meaning; through them you can define or create a mood.
What are your hobbies?
I’ve always enjoyed singing and lately I joined the world renowned Huddersfield Choral Society.
What would you do if you won the Lottery?
Buy a cottage by the sea, and create financial security for relatives and friends.