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MEET Christopher McCuin

Group Business Development Director

What was your best subject at school?

What was your favourite subject at school?
Design, craft & technology.

What was your first-ever job? 
A full refit of a derelict house when I was 17. The question was asked, have you ever done this before? How ridiculous, I was still at school. The answer came ‘Of course I have!’ (Followed by a very quick trip to the bookshop to buy ‘An idiots guide to renovation!’). 10 weeks later the house was finished and sold!

What was your worst ever job?
The above when I had just re-floored the lounge, fitted a new fireplace and then dropped a 10 litre tub of white paint 5 minutes before the new owners were coming to visit…..DOH!

What is your favourite restaurant?
The Square. Phil Howard is a gastronomic genius.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life – what would it be?
Chocolate Orange

What was the first music single you bought?
Michael Jackson - Bad

What is the most entrepreneurial thing you have ever done?
My friends and I needed jobs after university but there was no graduate recruitment fair at Oxford Brookes. I thought…..if not, why not……I can do that. So I started a company and ran one with the 3 armed forces, solicitors, retailers, insurance and accountant firms etc. Took a cut from catering and made a show directory with ads from the local book stores, pizza takeaways kebabs shops! It put a smile on my face when I was able to pay off my student debt and still had enough left over for a holiday with my girlfriend (now my wife!). 

What’s the funniest thing you have ever done to a work colleague?
If I tell you, then they’ll find out!

 What is your motto in life?
Smile, always. The reality is life is pretty darn good.

 If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be?
My own, private Jubilee line carriage.

 What’s your favourite movie and why?
Back to the future. Delorean, Marty McFly, Doc, Flux capacitor…..need I say more!

 If you could pick a celebrity to join Fresh; who would it be and why?
If he was still alive. Steve Irwin….CRIKEY MATE!

What luxury would you have on your desert island?
Sonos with Spotify.

What animal best reflects your personality and why?
A monkey. Energetic, inquisitive, cheeky.

If you could be anybody in the world (alive or dead) who would you be and why?
The grass isn’t always greener. I truly love what I have. I’d be me!