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Finance director Neil Jefferies is put ‘on the spot’ in The Yorkshire Post

Believe it or not, we don’t always talk about recycling and waste shredding. Over the past few months we have given you the opportunity to learn a little more about some familiar UNTHA UK faces. And this week it is the turn of finance director Neil Jefferies.

Neil was recently interviewed for reputable regional newspaper The Yorkshire Post, for their regular business feature ‘On the Spot’. If you missed the resulting article, you can read Neil’s question and answer session, in full, here.

What was your first job?

I worked on the checkouts at my local Sainsbury’s.

If you weren’t in your current position, what would you be doing?

An architect. It’s what I always wanted to be when I was younger but I stumbled into finance and then waste, and haven’t looked back since.

What was your worst mistake?

Being offered an all-expenses paid trip to Turin for the Europa Cup final which I turned down due to work commitments.  Now that’s dedication for you! 

What is your ideal day away from the office?

I’d spend it canyoning and white water rafting with friends – there’s a fantastic spot for these extreme sports in Austria, close to the headquarters of our parent company.

Name one person you would most like to have dinner with and why?

Sir Richard Branson, for one or two words of inspiration. I’m very impressed with his business ethics.

What was your best subject at school?

French – I picked the language up very easily.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy exercising, taking part in extreme sports and keeping enough time aside for my nephew.

What would you do if you won the Lottery?

Return to Malaysia, where I spent my honeymoon, and possibly not come back!

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

My Patrick Cox shoes – he’s an iconic, award-winning designer and I always wanted to own something from his label.

What is your favourite time of the day?

Evenings definitely – I’m certainly not a morning person.

What is the best thing about Yorkshire?

The countryside – living in Harrogate means I have the Yorkshire moors and the Dales on my doorstep.

What would you like your epitaph to be?

Give me a little longer to think of something.


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