Out of office: Get to know me

What’s your ideal weekend?

I love a good night out, but if I’m honest, I do prefer a cosy weekend in. My perfect Friday night is spent with a glass – bottle – of Pinot Grigio, and a few favourite tapas dishes.

However, if I could do absolutely anything with a weekend, I’d travel somewhere I’ve never been before.

Ask your best friend to describe you in 3 words

Perseverant, ambitious and compassionate

What achievement are you most proud of?

I always feel most proud when I overcome a fear. My first memory of it was when I was around 10 years old, and I went to Alton Towers with my sisters. I was petrified of rollercoasters, whereas my sisters loved them – so I was forced to go on them.

I remember the feeling of my dad saying that I was the bravest out of the three of us, because I feared the rides, and went on them anyway – much to my sisters’ protests!

I got the same sense of pride when I moved to London, when I set up Acomm and when I completed my Scuba Diving course – the latter of which I’ll never do again!

What’s your favourite meal?

This is always such a tough question – I’m so indecisive when it comes to food.

To me, there could be nothing more enjoyable than an amazing pizza in Rome. But on Sundays I do lean towards cooking a good roast.

Anything you want to learn in the next five years?

Something I really want to learn, is yoga.

I’ve never been into sport or exercise, but I think it will be a good way to switch off from work – I’m already into meditation, so I think I’ll be a fan.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Don’t be afraid to speak up when you have an opinion. Just because there’s someone louder than you in the room, doesn’t necessarily mean that they know more.

Tell us an interesting fact we’d never know about you

I spent a few days living with a Vietnamese woman and her family in a homestay – the lady’s name was Mama Xu, and I’ll never forget her face.

She was incredibly kind and a little bit eccentric – which are two amazing traits when they’re combined.

Your favourite word?

The word I probably use most in a day, is ‘brew’. I’m obsessed with a good cup of tea.

I also think a well-placed and well-timed expletive can perfectly sum up how you’re feeling.

And a word you can never spell right first time?

Intriguing – I try so hard every time.

Who would you most like to grab 30 minutes with?

Can I have a few answers? It would depend on my mood.

- Phillip Schofield – he just seems like a great guy

- Prince Harry – he’s quintessentially British, and I’m so proud of where I’m from. I think he’d have some amazing stories too

- Alex Younger, head of the Mi6 – I’d love to know some government secrets!