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?
What career did you want to have when you were a child?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Who do you vote for?
How did you vote in the last election?
Are you in favour of the Euro? Yes/No?