Q&A – John McCullagh

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Will.i.am. I find him a fascinating character.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell – Top Gun

What two living people would you take to a desert island?
A boat builder and a sailing teacher

When were you happiest?
I’m not really one for looking back and making comparisons with the present day, but I have to say I was particularly happy in 2014 while away on a very special Tanzanian safari holiday with my wife and children. I love the outdoors, animals, warm weather and most of all my family.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
I once had to charter a ship for a job at work and with it came a bill for $600,000 for half a tank of fuel!


What is your favourite word?

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A motor mechanic

What was your most embarrassing moment?
The first time my children showed me a video of me dancing – I immediately retired, but not for long!

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Ice cold Guinness

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My long suffering wife, Clare

Which words do you most overuse?
Sorry. I make too many mistakes!

What is the trait you most dislike in others?
Ostentatiousness – this really irritates me.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
One of my first! I worked in a drawing office when I was an apprentice and I hated it. It was a place where one of the first things that too many colleagues did was to put on their cardigan and slippers, make a cup of tea and light a pipe. You will be able to guess that not much work was done in there!

What has been your biggest achievement?
This is not an easy one to answer as I have had many opportunities in my life and I have achieved an awful lot, but I think winning two different motor racing championships in two years was quite special.


If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I stopped playing the piano at about age14 – I wish I had carried on, it would be so much fun to be able to do it now.

What is your earliest memory?
I don’t have the greatest memory but I do vividly remember sitting in my highchair in my grandmother’s kitchen

How do you relax?
I go motor racing


What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
An eight day week – it might give me time to clear my back log.

What is top of your bucket list?
Climb Mt Kilimanjaro

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The harder I work, the luckier I seem to be!

Tell us a secret
No way – secrets are always safe with me!