The 49-year-old is chief executive of East Belfast Enterprise. He lives in East Belfast with wife Mags and their two children Amelia (4) and Harry (7)
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?
I remember debating with my best friend if it was okay to support Liverpool Football Club or would we get into trouble for not supporting Queen’s Park Rangers, given that they must be the Queen’s team…
WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE?
This is far too difficult to answer! My wife Mags is of course the most important. She’s a creative entrepreneur and the glue that holds our family together. Others that have most importance in my life are my children, my parents, my brother and sister — those who are my biggest supports and who I am most proud of.
SHOCK US – TELL US SOMETHING SURPRISING ABOUT YOURSELF
I sky-dived and bungee jumped dressed in my full Northern Ireland football kit in New Zealand while travelling the world on a year out!
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
I guess the fear all parents have, that my children won’t be fulfilled and happy with their life choices.
WHAT MAKES YOU MOST HAPPY?
I’m fortunate enough to just want simple stuff from life — peace and quiet make me most happy! And family holidays, Northern Ireland football victories (left) and Crusaders winning the league…
AND YOUR BIGGEST REGRET?
Thankfully I haven’t too many of those. Perhaps not spending more time living in Glasgow after I finished my post-graduate. I love that city.
HOW DO YOU CHILL OUT?
If I had the time it would be a round of golf, but these days it’s more likely to be a glass of wine with my wife in front of the telly on a Saturday night.
WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED IN YOUR LIFE?
To be considerate of other people and that relationships mean more than possessions.
THE BOOK, THE SONG AND THE FILM THAT MEAN THE MOST TO YOU AND WHY?
The book has to be The Bible, because it has had the most influence on the world we live in whatever your view of religion — it influences our laws, our culture, our politics, our world views.
My film choice would have to be the classic It’s A Wonderful Life starring James Stewart (above). Cliched as it is, I love watching that film at Christmas and love the underlying “social enterprise” ethos of the Bailey Brothers’ Building and Loan “bank”. A great film with a strong social message.
Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers would definitely be my song choice. It’s a classic and expressed what my generation felt during the dark days of the Troubles.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I would like to be more patient, now, hurry up, what’s the next question……?? Eastside Awards celebrate the best of east Belfast and are open for entry until October 19