Hats off to Darren who has become the first student to complete the BPIF’s graduate management programme. Apart from a six-week stint doing something dull in another industry, Darren has been in print since he left school in 1987.
His hobbies include playing golf which used to be once a week and now tends to be “closer to once a year”, and he and his “print widow” Tracey have two wonderful children: William aged 15 and Abigail aged 13.
What is your nickname?
Jockstar – I was born in Paisley, Scotland and having moved to England in 1978 the name has stuck with me, luckily I am not a foreigner thanks to the No vote
Why did you get into printing?
After working in an engineering firm repeating an identical one-minute-33-second task, eight hours a day for six weeks I thought I would do something more interesting and diverse
What would be your dream job?
A professional golfer – you can see the world and get paid for it and nowadays you can even win a trip to space
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Ewan McGregor – He was a Scottish Jedi, say no more. (And the missus fancies him)
What is your dream bit of kit?
An Alfa Romeo GT that doesn’t breakdown. You did say a dream and not a lot of them come true
What would you most like to print?
A ‘Premiership’ Coventry City ticket
What is your favourite film?
The original Star Wars – way ahead of its time
What is your greatest luxury in life?
Family and friends – what would we do without them
What is the strangest job you’ve had?
When I was 16 I dressed up as a bear for a local radio station and played musical statues in a park with 100 children. It was worthwhile: I managed to get two tickets to the 1987 FA Cup Final as payment
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
Angelina Jolie and Noah – I am sure I would be bored of Angelina by the time the Ark was built
What is your greatest ambition?
To reach the top. Not sure of what yet
Who or what makes you laugh?
Monty Python’s Silly Olympiad, especially the 100m race for people with no sense of direction and the 200m freestyle for non-swimmers
Most embarrassing moment?
I fell asleep with my 20-minute-old daughter in my arms and had a serious talking to by the midwife (in my defence it was 3am). In my younger days there was also an incident involving women’s lingerie and being left three miles from home...
Where would you like to be now?
Sirmione, Lake Garda in Italy. We went this year and it is an amazing place
Which superpower would you like to have?
Foresight, we would all be better off although it might not be as exciting
Who would be your favourite party guests?
Brian Clough and Muhammad Ali
What is the worst kind of print?
A ‘League One’ Coventry City ticket
Different for everybody