John Beeston, from Brass Band Insurance Services, likes travelling and British comedy

What newspaper do you read?
The Times and Sunday Times.

What career did you want to have when you were a child?
I had no particular ambition.

What do you like best about insurance?
The variety and clients' friendship.

How do you relax if you do not play golf?

What is the biggest insurance claim you have ever made?
I can't recall making a claim.

Do you have an unfulfilled ambition?
To feel relaxed about my future income

On dress down Friday, what do you wear?
Same boring clothes as every other day

How many people have you sacked?
Thankfully very few.

What is your favourite quote?
Have it with my compliments.

What is your most over-used phrase?
At the moment it's, "They are like a bunch of sheep".

What advice would you give someone starting in insurance today?
Think and think again.

Where did you grow up?

What was your education?
Saltley Grammar school, then evening classes and correspondence course.

What is your favourite film?
Any comedy films, preferably British.

What is your favourite book?
Any local history or travel book.

What is your favourite tea?

What is your favourite joke?
Being selected for this column comes pretty close to it.

How often do you use public transport?
Frequently - I am a great supporter of better public transport

Who do you vote for?
That's for my personal knowledge

How did you vote in the last election?
I was working all day, so couldn't vote

Are you in favour of the Euro?