Hiscox managing director Sian Fisher shares her enthusiasms.

What newspaper do you read?
I more regularly listen to Radio 4

What career did you want to have when you were a child?
When I was six I was desperate to be a ballerina

What was the worst business decision you have ever made?
Asking a US lawyer to help me with a policy wording. £30,000 later I was none the wiser. He did tell me a very funny joke, which it's arguable, was worth more than his advice!

What do you like best about insurance?
That it could be so much better

What would you do tomorrow if you left the insurance industry?
Sleep a lot and then travel

How do you relax if you do not play golf?
Reading and going to the movies

What is the biggest insurance claim you have ever made?
I can't remember making one

Who do you most admire?
The current secretary-general of the UN Kofi Annan for his integrity

Do you have an unfulfilled ambition?
I would like to be able to speak another language fluently

On dress down Friday, what do you wear?
We have permanent dress down at Hiscox. I always wear something with black trousers

How many people have you sacked?
I have always put huge efforts into recruiting in preference to sacking

What is your favourite quote?
“Never trust a man who when left alone in a room with a tea cosy doesn't try it on” Billy Connolly

What is your most over-used phrase?
“Does anyone know where I left my handbag/glasses/briefcase…?”

What keeps you awake at night?
A great idea or too much champagne. The latter has been known to delude me about the former

What advice would you give someone starting in insurance today?
Don't think the only job worth having is risk underwriting. Get as broad an experience of the whole industry as you can

What was your first job?
A waitress in a coffee shop

Where did you grow up?
In a village called Wombourne in the West Midlands

What was your education?
Varied and continues to be

What is your favourite film?
Breakfast at Tiffany's

What is your favourite book?
Possession by AS Byatt

What is your favourite tea?
Earl Grey

What is your favourite joke?
Ann Widdecombe

How often do you use public transport?
Every day

Who do you vote for?
Too embarrassing to remember

How did you vote in the last election?
Much too embarrassing to remember

Are you in favour of the Euro? Yes/No?
I'm not an economist but as a traveller all the different currencies drive me mad