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 Broker’s Kevan Aubrey
What was your first ever job — and were you any good at it?
Selling vegetables in Wolverhampton Market
If an MP3 player could only hold three tunes, what would you select for the ultimate soundtrack to your life?
Bank Robber by the Clash; White Riot by the Clash; and Janie Jones by the Clash
Who was your top teenage pin-up?
The girl in the tennis poster standing by the tennis net. I don’t know who she was but she was on my wall at college
My colleagues won’t know this about me but...
I played football and table tennis for my county
Favourite book of all time?
Wilt by Tom Sharpe – or any of Tom Sharpe’s books, as they make me laugh out loud
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Understand yourself by viewing yourself as others view you
What would be your chosen superpower?
Flying – I could skip traffic jams and get to places quicker. And it would be fun
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what change would you instigate and why?
I would reduce the red tape. As a country, we always seem to stick rigidly to the rules, whereas other countries don’t seem to
How would a typical school report about you read?
Has the ability to do well but needs to spend more time on his school work instead of playing football
My top tip for climbing the insurance career ladder is...
Take time to network and get a name for doing a good job
What’s the most annoying thing people do in your office?
Not agree with my view all the time
My last supper would comprise...
Curry, pizza and a chip butty, followed by bread and butter pudding
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
My dad – he believes in getting things done in the ‘right way’
When I’m not working I like to...
Watch my boys play football
Last film you saw?
Despicable Me 2
If I wasn’t working in insurance I would probably be...
A football coach
Name your five ideal dinner party guests (dead or alive) noting what they bring to the party
Derek Trotter – he makes me laugh a lot; Kylie Minogue and Agnetha Faltskog (the blonde Abba singer) to add some glamour to the table; Q – he can bring along some new gadgets; and Chris Evans – a bit annoying, but entertaining so he can join for the pudding
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
The 60s – that era looked like a lot of fun
Career high point to date?
Beating my boss, Mike Crane, in a juggling competition
Finish this sentence: Insurance is a great industry to work in because...
I don’t work weekends; I get paid for talking to people; I can play golf and go skiing. Oh, and there are always challenges to be overcome and I like the competitive side
Would you like to be probed by Penny on one of her speed meets? Get in touch via Mark Sands.
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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