4. Who would be your ideal dinner party guest?
HRH Prince Harry. I think he’s a great guy and a credit to The Royal Family. I also suspect he would be the last man standing after a very boozy evening….
5. Is there an item that you have been on the hunt for and have not yet found?
Of course but every morning I wake up and think “ what will I find today ?” I still get excited at finding something different, good or unusual. It’s never about the value but always the individuality of the item. Recently on the same day I bought superb late 17th century walnut bureau bookcase and a large 1960’s oversized promotional champagne bottle. About as far apart as you could possibly get from each other but both bought with the same enthusiasm.
6. Who is someone or what is something that you consider inspiring?
The late Nelsen Mandela. Despite the injustices of his past, he never harboured bitterness and always tried to find the good in someone or make things better for others. I’m a great believer in not worrying about the things you can’t change but concentrating on those you can.
7. If you could live in a certain period of time, when would it be?
I’m happy living right now ! When we look back at the past we always tend to focus on the good parts but ignore the darker side. I would like however to see more of the courtesy, politeness and respect for others that was perhaps a little more commonplace in the first half of the 20th century.
8. What are five things you can't live without?
My phone, my computer, my sons, the shared and unembarrassed laughter with really good friends and my partner Amanda. We met when we were sixteen, dated and then a few years later she dumped me (I kissed another !!). We have now lived together for the last ten years and perhaps most importantly, she’s the one who tells me when I’m wrong and whilst not always agreeing with her, she’s usually right !
9. Tell me something people would be surprised to learn about you.
If I did then how will I surprise them if we meet ?
10. When you aren't out buying and merchandising, where can we find you?
I travel and work a lot so free time can be a luxury. When at home I try to walk the dog every day. I’m blessed to live in a small village set in the most wonderful English countryside and so the views on my walks are constantly changing with the passing seasons. You will also find me in my local village pub, which fortunately I have to pass on the way back from my walk, with a pint of warm flat beer, I know – it’s an English thing !!!!