Nick Thomas, senior partner of Kennedys, is convinced he could have made more money as a businessman, but what he really wants to do is see an airport novel with his name on the front of it on the bookshelves

What newspaper do you read?
The Guardian

What career did you want to have when you were a child?
Journalist

What was the worst business decision you have ever made?
Overqualifying – I am sure I would have made more money as a businessman than a professional

What do you like best about insurance?
Being a "10 minute expert" in other people's industries

What would you do tomorrow if you left the insurance industry?
Found a "VSO for wrinklies" providing the Relief Agencies with the skills of those who have been there and done that

How do you relax if you do not play golf?
Deep sea fishing

What is the biggest insurance claim you have ever made?
£3,000 following a burglary

Who do you most admire?
Muhammed Ali

Do you have an unfulfilled ambition?
To write an airport novel

On dress down Friday, what do you wear?
I don't dress down. It would be hard to go down from my usual suits anyway

How many people have you sacked?
Several, but I haven't kept count

What is your most over-used phrase?
"My round"

What keeps you awake at night?
Joseph, my two-year-old son

What advice would you give someone starting in insurance today?
Avoid the current "dumbing down" of the claims process

What was your first job?
Ice cream man

Where did you grow up?
Chesterfield and Derbyshire

What was your education?
Chesterfield Grammar School, Bristol University

What is your favourite quote?
"When I was 16 my father was an idiot. It is surprising how much he has learned in the last few years" – Mark Twain

What is your favourite film?
Witness.

What is your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

What is your favourite tea?
From a greasy spoon – in a mug

What is your favourite joke?
The "Pinocchio" joke – too long to repeat but those who know it will agree

How often do you use public transport?
Every weekday

Who do you vote for?
Old Labour

How did you vote in the last election?
New Labour

Are you in favour of the Euro? Yes/No?
Yes