How did you start out?

As a baby but I was a precocious reader see photo!

What piece of advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?

Get a grip!

What helped you get as far as you have?

Being able to read and think, my staff, my friends around the world, my family, my animals and Tom.

A low point in your career/life and how you overcame it?

The death of Tom 24/08/2014. Hard work and my mother's reminder that my life was not over. My marvellous staff who needed me to bite that bullet.

One word to describe yourself?


What are you most proud of in your professional life?

French in Normandy.

Your first paying job: What and when?

Selling ice-creams on Hastings Sea front aged 15.

What do you do to keep yourself centered?

Look at the bank balance and the forward planning.

What’s your favourite quote?

What a pleasant life could be had in this world by a handsome, sensible old lady of good fortune, blessed with a sound constitution and a firm will.

– Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

What would your superpower be?

Time travel.