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 LV’s Martin Milliner.
What was your first ever job — and were you any good at it?
I worked for my dad’s upholstery and house-furnishing business, where I learnt you should never work for your parents
If an MP3 player really could only hold three tunes, what would you select for the ultimate soundtrack to your life?
With or Without You by U2. Paradise by Coldplay – it reminds me of the fantastic summer of 2012; and Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis
Who was your top teenage pin-up?
My colleagues won’t know this about me but...
I’m a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust currently supporting a young person during the start-up phase of her shabby-chic furniture business
Favourite book of all time?
I don’t really have a favourite, but I’ve just read Dominion by C J Sansom. It’s a thriller set in the 1950s about what might have been if World War II had ended differently
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Never be frightened to surround yourself with people who are better than you
What would be your chosen superpower?
I’d be a mind reader – I probably need to add this to my development plan
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what change would you instigate and why?
I’d do something meaningful and radical about the personal injury whiplash claims problem
How would a typical school report about you read?
Martin could become a professional cricketer. Sadly they were wrong
My top tip for climbing the insurance career ladder is...
There’s no substitute for hard work. Be tenacious and don’t let setbacks blow you off course
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Peter Horton in all senses, with the exception of dress code
When I’m not working I like to...
Play sport, watch sport and spending time being a taxi driver for my children
Last film you saw?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
If I wasn’t working in insurance I would probably be...
Either an archaeologist or doing voluntary work for the Prince’s Trust
Name your five ideal dinner party guests (dead or alive) noting what they bring to the party
Marcus Wareing to prepare us a feast; Bill Bailey, he’s very funny and would keep us all entertained over dinner; Ian Botham to bring the wine; Tony Robinson for some animated archaeology discussion; and Madonna for a few songs
Marmite: food of the gods or work of the devil?
Marmite on toast – a winner every time
Career high point to date?
Being made general insurance claims director at LV
What do you say when strangers at a social gathering ask what you do for a living?
I say I work for LV, the one with the green heart, and the first question people always ask me is if I can get them a discount on their insurance
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I’d go back to the 1600s around the time of the English Civil War and the Cavaliers and Roundheads. I’d get some good wear out of my Adam Ant, Prince Charming fancy dress costume
Would you like to be probed by Penny on one of her speed meets? Get in touch via Stephanie Denton.
Sounded a good plan, Exec Team Visit to our wonderful claims team in Morecambe, bit of a ‘Back to the Floor’ & dish out some Easter Eggs. Lovely. So how did I end up with these & having to wear them home on the train? Thanks @helenidle @AXAUK @AXA_Broker #BunnyEars pic.twitter.com/cNd80WnRPd— David Williams (@AXADavidW) April 17, 2019
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