Penny Speed meets… Adrian Morgan, chief operating officer, Xuber

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Being an insatiable socialite, Penny Black is always eager to probe the personalities behind the professional veneer of her industry friends. What better way to squeeze in and share as many intimate revelations as possible than her very own ‘speed meeting’ column? This week, it’s the turn of Xuber's Adrian Morgan.

What was your first ever job — and were you any good at it?
I worked at a plant nursery during college and I was pretty good

If an MP3 player really could only hold three tunes, what would you select for the ultimate soundtrack to your life?
Blue Monday by New Order; Money for Nothing by Dire Straits; and Coldplay’s The Scientist 

Who was your top teenage pin-up?
Didn’t have a pin-up as such, but was partial to a Michelle Pfeiffer movie or two

My colleagues won’t know this about me but...
I co-developed a number one‑selling computer game in 1986

Favourite book of all time?
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene – fascinating

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Treat others as you wish to be treated

What would be your chosen superpower?

If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what change would you instigate and why?
Be brave and hire the best people to invest in business and entrepreneurs. Austerity alone is not enough

How would a typical school report about you read?
Adrian is an enigma

My top tip for climbing the insurance career ladder is...
Work hard and deliver what you say you’re going to. Simple

What’s the most annoying thing people do in your office?
I’m struggling here, I don’t really get annoyed by anything

My last supper would comprise...
Hot curry, vintage champagne and a warm chocolate pudding

Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Even though I’ve worked with some brilliant people over the years, I’d have to say my wife

When I’m not working I like to...
Relax, watch movies, play golf and hike in the mountains

If I wasn’t working in insurance I would probably be...
Researching the Higgs boson at CERN

Name your five ideal dinner party guests (dead or alive) noting what they bring to the party
Albert Einstein for his brilliant mind; Steve Jobs – a visionary; and Neil Armstrong, Jo Brand and Micky Flanagan to inject a bit of fun

Marmite: food of the gods or work of the devil?
Food of the gods – especially on warm, buttered toast

Career high point to date?
The launch of Xuber

What do you say when strangers at a social gathering ask what you do for a living? 
I work for a software company

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
Back 4500 years to see just how the Egyptians built the Great Pyramid

Would you like to be probed by Penny on one of her speed meets? Get in touch via Stephanie Denton

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