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Gordon Andrews, Managing Director

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Do you have any favourite stories from your work life?

Worryingly, I recently discovered that I am a natural at Speed-networking!

Where do you call home and who do you share it with?

West Kirby – family

What is your favourite meal?

Indian

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

Golf, Tennis, Skiing, Sailing, House renovation and gardening

What DO you want to be when you grow up?

Ski instructor, British Touring Car Driver, Tranmere Rovers Left Wing, Caldy RFC and England Fly Half

What cause or charity do you care about most?

NSPCC

Where did you grow up?

Wirral Peninsular

What is a little known fact about you?

Made Caldy 1st XV rugby debut playing against John Horton, the then England Fly Half (1983)

What is your earliest memory?

Friday night football at Prenton Park

If you were an animal what would you be?

A black labrador or Bernese mountain dog!

What was the first record you bought and do you still have it?

Stranglers – Go Buddy Go... still in the collection  

Ian Adams, Business Development Manager

Ian.jpgWhat is your favourite meal and why?

I wish I could say something from Master Chef, but I like simple food. Fish & chips, ste
ak & chips. That said I do love Italian, which is useful considering my favourite holiday destination is Tuscany.

Where do you call home and who do you share it with?

I live in Holiwell, North Wales with my wife Paula. Occasionally, our peace is shattered when our grandson Jacob lands. But we love it really.

What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Running the London Marathon. A fantastic experience helped by the crowds who provide great support and jelly babies. I am not used to being cheered, so it was great to hear people shouting your name and offering encouragement.

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

It will be no surprise to my colleagues when I say I like a game of golf. Running and occasional cycling are also activities I enjoy. I do like my coffee, my wife and I do frequent a Costa or a Starbucks, which enables us to chill and talk to eachother. Going out for a meal or the pictures are also favourite activities (I am sounding old).

If you could have the keys to any room in the world, what room would it be?

The Barcelona trophy cabinet to borrow all the trophies and place them in temporary residence at Everton.

What was the first record you bought and do you still have it?

The Goodies' Funky Gibbon and it will be no surprise to say no I do not still have the record.

 

Esther Rigby, Sales

esther.jpgWhere do you call home and who do you share it with?

Warrington, with my husband Riggers (David) and son Lewis

What is your favourite joke?

What do you call a fish with no eyes – FSH!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The alarm clock, snoozed twice before I get up

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse, wouldn’t be any good though as not keen on blood and guts etc

What cause or charity do you care most about?

Any cancer charity, I take part in Race for Life every year – 2012 will be my 6th year

Where did you grow up?

Morley in Leeds – I lived there until I moved to Cheshire aged 22: still haven’t grown up 

Alastair Jones, Risk Manager

illustration_test.jpgTell us about your role within Bathgate

Risk Manager. I underwrite incoming new proposals and monitor our lending portfolio.

If you were told that the world was going to end in six months, what would you do with your remaining time?

Go travelling around the world

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

Rugby, dog walking

What is your favourite joke?

Two fish in a tank, one turns to the other and says “do you know how to drive this thing?”

What do you consider to be a must-see place in the world and why?

Alcatraz, San Francisco – Fascinating!

If you could interview anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Murray Walker, he must have some interesting and funny stories

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A ski instructor

What cause or charity do you care most about?

There are too many good causes, all doing good work to choose just one.

Where did you grow up?

Coventry

What is a little known fact about you?

I like my steak cooked blue

If you could have the keys to any room in the world, what room would it be?

The keys to the funhouse – made famous by Pat Sharp and the twins

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A bird, so I could fly 

Alan Wilson, Business Development Manager

Where do you call home and who do you share it with? Alan_-_Meet_The_Team.jpg

I have lived on Wirral for the past 21 years with my wife, Ruth. We are empty nesters - our two adult children moved out of the family home some years ago.

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

When time permits, I enjoy travelling abroad and trying out my poor command of foreigh languages.

Which 4 famous guests would you invite to a dinner party and why?

I'd need a seance as they are all long dead. My four guests would be Sir Winston Churchill (a world statesman), Oscar Wilde (for his wit), Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the Doors (who typified the rock star of the 60s and 70s but was also a poet) and William Wallace, the Scottish freedom fighter (to prove that he didn't look like Mel Gibson!).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Royal Air Force fighter pilot - but that ambition ended when I found out I was partially colour blind.

Where did you grow up?

Dundee in Scotland.

What is a little known fact about you?

My great grandfather on my father's side was from Tuscany in Italy and was called Guiseppe Fanti.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

My father because he always encouraged me to work hard at school and strive to improve my life chances.

If you could have the keys to any room in the world, what room would it be?

The distillery shop at Lagavulin on Islay - home of my favourite Malt Whisky!

Clare Gilbert, Sales Support

clare_watson.jpgIf you were told that the world was going to end in six months, what would you do with your remaining time?

I would spent as much time as possible with my family, and travel to New York again.

What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Passing my driving test 5th time! Closely followed by giving up smoking

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

I love cooking, shopping and drinking good red wine - although I don't have much time for this nowadays!

First record purchased?

Karma Chameleon- Culture Club...on picture disc (I still have it!)

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The alarm clock

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A fashion designer

What is a little known fact about you?

I can’t ride a bike

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

My mum. She has taught me to have faith, be strong and have good manners! Keep those up and there isn't much in life you cant handle!

If you could have the keys to any room in the world, what room would it be?

The chocolate factory from ’Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’! For obvious reasons of course! 

Maggie, "Canine, Farming & Pet Sector Specialist"

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I only work part-time, and am responsible for all ‘animal related’ proposals, eg from vets, farms, pet shops and pet grooming parlours etc. as I have insider knowledge.

Where do you call home and who do you share it with?

West Kirby with my mum and dad, and two brothers.

If you were told that the world was going to end in six months, what would you do with your remaining time?

Exactly what I do now... I love my life

What is your favourite meal and why?

Chocolate Rodeos and Tangly Twists (dog treats)

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

Chasing a ball at the side of a rugby or football pitch. Walks are pretty good too and I do need my family around me.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Working sheepdog but my mother abandoned me when I was very young...but things have worked out ok though.

What is a little known fact about you?

I don’t like other dogs. I consider myself to be a “special four legged human” whereas “four legged dogs” are commonplace.

What is your favourite joke?

"Dogs are really tough....I've been interrogating this one for hours and he still won't tell me who's a good boy"

If you were an animal what would you be and why?

Being a dog (a border collie / bearded collie cross) already... I can’t really answer this one 

Mary Wilson, Sales & Admin Support

mary_lherbier.jpgWhere do you call home and who do you share it with?

My home is in West Kirby with my husband Craig and daughter Lucy.

If you were told that the world was going to end in six months, what would you do with your remaining time?

I would spend all my money to go travelling to countries I’ve always wanted to visit, and would spend as much quality time as possible with my family

What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Getting a first for my degree in Animal Welfare and Behaviour

First record purchased:

A tape of the Grease soundtrack

If you could interview anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Sir David Attenborough - he has so much knowledge and experience of wildlife and animal behaviour. He must have so many fascinating stories.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A vet!

What cause or charity do you care most about?

Wildlife conservation charities such as WWF and RSPB

Where did you grow up?

In a little village in Normandie, France

What is a little known fact about you?

I’m a quarter Austrian! 

Colin Phillips, Financial Controller

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Financial controller, responsible for all aspects of financial reporting and management for the business.

What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Completing my Professional Accountancy exams 8 years after I started!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Never quite knowing what might happen that day.

Where do you consider to be a "must-see" place in the world and why?

Sydney had to be the most stunning and liveable city I have ever visited.

What cause or charity do you care about most?

WWF - I think it would be a tragedy if critically endangered species of animals such as tigers or rhinos were allowed to go extinct in the wild and only exist in zoos in the future.

Gary Laverick, CEO of Archibald Bathgate Group

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Where do you call home and who do you share it with?

West Kirby, with my wife Cheryl, our two lads, Andy and Craig, and our dog, Maggie (who works part-time for Bathgate).

If you were told that the world was going to end in six months, what would you do with your remaining time?

Do the travelling I didn’t do as a teenager... go to as many major sporting events as possible... and enjoy as many big boys toys (bikes/cars/boats etc…) as I could.  All with the family of course.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Standard stuff really – professional sportsman or fighter pilot

What cause or charity do you care most about?

Animal welfare causes

Where did you grow up?

Born and brought up in Wallasey and moved to West Kirby about 12 years ago. Been on the Wirral all my life.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

No one in particular – but I do admire people who are content and comfortable in themselves whilst enjoying what they do and what they have achieved.

If you could have the keys to any room in the world, what room would it be?

Chip Foose’s workshop and Jay Leno’s garage

Do you have a favourite quote?

“True character is often revealed in adversity”

If you were an animal, what would it be and why?

One living in my home...it’s a good life.

What was the first record you bought?

“Son of my father” by Chicory Tip 

Natalie Dye, Underwriter and Credit Analyst

Natalie DyeWhere did you grow up?

I was born in Oswestry, but grew up in Halifax which is in West Yorkshire. I moved to Liverpool in 2010 for University and I am still here.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an archaeologist for quite some time when I was little. I don't know how normal it was for a 10 year old to be so obsessed with the Time Team, but when I found 100-year-old newspaper up the chimney (don't ask how I found it), I KNEW I had made it.

Which 4 famous guests would you invite to a dinner party and why? 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Ferrell, Morrissey and a singer called Marina & The Diamonds. Benedict and Morrissey would bring the interesting conversation, and Will Ferrell and Marina would provice the humour if Morrissey started to bring the mood down (it would definitely need to be a vegetarian menu).

What is your favourite joke?

Having now got used to hearing Alastair's "jokes" on a daily basis, I will probably laugh at most jokes - despite how bad they may or may not be (sorry Al - in fairness you do surprise everyone with a funny joke from time to time...!).

If you were an animal what would you be and why? 

I think I would quite like to be a dolphin as they seem to be happy, intelligent and friendly. Just as long as I wouldn't be reincarnated as a SeaWorld dolphin - that would be a cruel twist of fate!

Paul Trickett, Business Development Manager

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Where do you call home and who to you share it with?

Waterloo, Liverpool with my wife Kerry and three boys Oliver, Finlay and Aaron.

What is your favourite meal and why?

I love Spanish tapas, however I remember one time sharing a tin of Heinz tomato soup and a bottle of Courvoisier brandy with my wife when we first met, in a two-man tent in Cornwall with a storm blowing outside - that was pretty special...

What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?

Running, socialising with friends and family and watching Liverpool and my beloved Warrington Wolves.

What is your favourite joke?

Horse comes into a bar, the barman says to the horse, why the long face.... the old grandad jokes are the best!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Finlay, my one-year-old son.

Where do you consider to be a "must-see" place in the world and why?

La Valle de Los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen). It's a 152ft cross in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain and is a memorial to remember those who fell in the Spanish Civil War.