Sachel Singh, chief executive of Accidentcare Group, loves the people contact in his job but what he really wants to do is own a north London premiership football club.

What newspaper do you read?
The Times

What career did you want to have as a child?
Car designer. Designing the next generation of Mercedes would have been a dream

What was the worst business decision you have ever made?
I'm still too young to have made one

What do you like best about insurance?
Working in accident claims management and customer care,
I relish the people contact

What would you do tomorrow if you left the insurance industry?
Dream up another venture

How do you relax if you do not play golf?
Playing football and badminton

What is the biggest insurance claim you have ever made?
A £500 vase

Who do you most admire?
Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, for all he has achieved for mankind

Do you have an unfulfilled ambition?
To own a north London premiership football club

On dress down Friday, what do you wear?
Jeans and shirt

What was your first job?
Apprentice panel-beater

What advice would you give someone starting in insurance today?
Watch and learn, especially from other people's mistakes and always have an enquiring mind

How many people have you sacked?
I've rarely been in a situation where sacking has been the end result. Nurture and motivate is the key

What is your favourite quote?
Your mind is like a parachute. It only works when it's open – Thomas Dewar

What is your favourite joke?
I've several and they'd all make good bedtime reading

What is your favourite book?
Muhammed Ali's biography

Where did you grow up?
Hammersmith, London

What was your education?
It's still very much in the present tense – whatever your achievements you can never know enough

What is your favourite film?
Airforce One

What is your most over-used phrase?
Just sort it

What is your favourite meal?
Sweet and sour chicken

How often do you use public transport?
Not at all if I can help it

Who do you vote for?
Labour

How did you vote in the last election?
Labour

Are you in favour of the Euro? Yes/No
Yes, I am in favour of the Euro because it will open up even greater opportunities to do cross-border business