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Michael

How do you start your day?

I tend to be up most days around 5:30am (even at the weekend) starting the day with a Nespresso or two which has to be the Roma capsule. Then a catch up on the daily news, social media and emails before the rest of the house starts to wake up.

What has been your highlight since joining the team?

Many a highlight at Ralph Trustees, but one comes to mind. Welcoming back one of the first clients to use the events space at The Grove for their annual event,  which now continues each year. A key message in this is not to get complacent with your clients, ensure each time they are back we strive to be better than the last, and why not recognise them by taking them to an event at the O2. Oh and one more, what other Director of Sales do you know who’s a qualified skipper! Being joined by clients for a memorable jaunt on the River Thames at Runnymede is a highlight.

What did you aspire to be when you were 10 years old?

From an early age I always wanted to be a car mechanic, I was fixated by cars on family days out. We would play a game where I could guess the car make just by looking at the wheels… I know!

What’s your go-to tipple?

I’m very much a coffee lover, owning 2 Nespresso machines at home, but I do enjoy a glass of Macon Village or Argentinian Malbec.

What are you currently listening to?

I tend to download various podcasts that I pick at random, they’re good to have on in the car whilst travelling to work,or client appointments. Another thing I’ve got into is 8D music, put your airpods in and this transforms the way you listen to music, it really is “inside your head”.

The Grove, The Athenaeum and The Runnymede have played host to all manner of stars, but who’s your favourite actor of all time?

Tom Hanks – his acting skills are inspirational, playing every character in a true form. One of my all-time favourite films is Apollo 13.

Leftbank or The Lock at The Runnymede?

No question, Leftbank. In the winter months the restaurant has a real warm and homely feel and the chefs replicate this with an array of cuisine, then come the summer months take it alfresco and watch the River Thames pass you by. I finish each visit at the dessert station, my favourites being Crème Brulee, Bread & Butter pudding, or the healthy option of fruit salad.

If you could invite anyone, who would you ask to join you for a drink at THE BAR?

Barack Obama – wow, the stories he could share. Like most, I find him very inspiring and a cool 44th President.

Besides The View at The Athenaeum, what’s your favourite view in London?

Primrose Hill has to be a favourite location, when I worked in that area I would take a walk on my lunchbreak, a beautiful green space with a view of London’s skyline just minutes away from the buzzing city life.

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