1. Describe yourself in 3 words: Ambitious, competitive yet sympathetic.
2. What is your job title and role?
Senior First Officer B747-400 for British Airways. Operating flights from Heathrow to North, Central and South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Pilot Ambassador and member of the British Airways Flight Operations Customer First Team, linking up with Corporate Sales to add value to our customer relationships.
3. How many times per year do you travel and is it predominantly long or short haul?
On average 50 trips a year, permanently long haul.
4. What is your favourite business destination and why?
New York. Even though I've visited the city many times I still get that buzz arriving into JFK; the back drop of the Manhattan skyline never fails to grab my attention. In the city, I always try to get up early and go for a run across the Brooklyn Bridge or around Central Park to clear my head before thinking about any work matters.
5. What are your favourite travel companions, gadgets and accessories?
I always pack my GoPro camera in case I'm able to grab some spare time and go on an adventure. I also carry a Garmin watch for when I'm out running. Music is also very important to me so always ensure my 'Sure' earphones are in the bag.
6. What are your business travel ‘pet hates’?
Poor WiFi in hotels, which although seems to becoming less of an issue, still gets a tad frustrating. Also, hotel cleaners that are noisier than my 4 year old boy during a light sabre battle.
7. What is your funniest business travel experience?
Philadelphia is home to the best comedian/aircraft engineer (now retired) on the planet, so every trip out there provided endless entertainment after landing and before departure the next day. I'm forbidden from writing any of his material unfortunately!
8. How do you stay sane, organised and relaxed when you are away from home?
The ability to work well and communicate with your colleagues traveling with you on all levels is essential. There are times when events cause high levels of stress and to be able to wind down after the event and take time to review in a sociable and relaxed manner is essential.
9. If you could change one thing about business travel, what would it be?
An electronic personal assistant would be very helpful.
10. Do you have any packing rules / tips?
Everything has its own place to live. Even when I change suitcases around I know exactly what goes where, and if something is missing its obvious. I pack and repack so often there has to be a set plan to cut down wasted time.
11. What is your best piece of travel advice?
Safety is critical. Always consider your surroundings and if you have to venture somewhere off radar in a tricky part of the world, consider dropping someone a note first so they know when to expect you to resurface.