Original Q&A for The Yorkshire Post – a shortened version which was published on 13 July 2015 in the paper.
Simon Pollard, CEO at Intouch Advance, a leading UK business telecommunications provider based in Saltaire.
What was your first job?
When I was 12, I’d set myself targets of how many cars I could wash in a day for two pounds, using my clients’ electricity and water, but my sponge and bucket – minimal overheads, maximum profits.
If you weren’t in your current position, what would you be doing?
I’d be on stage, a worldwide star singing ballads. I love to sing so that’s where I’d be!
What was your worst mistake?
In my early 20s I went blindly into the stock market and lost a small fortune investing in something I didn’t know much about, without any training, but was caught short.
Name one person you would like to have dinner with and why?
Anthony Robins, an American Life Coach is an absolute inspiration. I’ve walked over red hot coals at his seminars, so I know dinner would be truly insightful.
What was your best subject at school?
Art and Design – I like everything to look its best; that course is reflected in everything I do today.
What are your hobbies?
Skiing, occasional golf, plus spending time with my family, which includes a bit of quad biking with my 2 boys!
What would you do if you won the Lottery?
After 20 years of hard work, time out with the family for a long holiday to parts of the world we’ve not seen before.
What’s your favourite item of clothing?
My tank top – trying to stay slim and your buttons begin to pop it’s great for keeping the problem under wraps whilst being in touching distance of 40!
What’s your favourite time of day?
I’m a morning person without question, so first thing 6am. It’s a time to reflect and gather your thoughts for the day whether I’m in the pool or in the gym.
What’s the best thing about Yorkshire?
The fact that it’s on our doorstep, the wide open spaces. You can walk out into Yorkshire’s wilderness and lose yourself; no mobile phones, no technology sector!
What would you like your epitaph to be?
The time is now, life is short, enjoy every minute – and always be led by your heart.