Biz Extra

Published: June 11, 2020 | Updated: June 12, 2020

20 Questions: Jamie Lane, Partner, Saffery Champness, takes the hotseat for our Q&A

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

His favourite food is pizza (and he’d love a pizza oven!), he gets angry at people moving lanes on a motorway without signalling, admits he’s getting the new medical condition ‘Zoom-fatigue’ and is a tad embarrassed at being an accountant – let alone an auditor!  

Jamie Lane, Partner, Saffery Champness chartered accountants, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: I love Jack Bauer and appreciated when I was finally able to get the 24 ring tone on my phone!  Unfortunately, I never realised my ambition of watching an entire series in 24 hours.

Q: Who would you like to share a lift with?

A: A lift repair man. Ideally placed should it break down.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Meeting people – although it sounds strange to write given I haven’t seen another work colleague or professional for months now.  Post-Covid I think there will be lots of great learnings and opportunities including the way we work and where we work from.  But I think there will always be a place for face to face interaction.

Q: And the worst…?

A: I have to admit I am getting the new medical condition ‘Zoom-fatigue’!  Or in my case mainly Skype.  It is fair to say that Skype/Zoom/Teams have had a massive impact on the capability of many businesses across the world to continue working and providing their services, but if I am honest some days I would like to hibernate away from it.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Tough one. Seems like such a long time ago.  I remember spending a lot of time watching Batman (the one where the sound effects were denoted by words on the screen).  He had an amazing car.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Bacon cooking.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Durdle Door. It appears I’m not the only one though. We used to go down there quite a bit when I was younger and I always have good memories of it. We haven’t been for a while though now but it is on our list.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: I think it must be really scary for anyone looking at career choices now – many jobs will change a lot over the next few years.  But the important thing is that you enjoy it.  I am also a massive fan of apprenticeships.  I didn’t go to university but I had a lot of resistance to that choice from my school. There is a lot more focus on apprenticeships now. One last tip is to try to find a career where the employer will pay for your training (like accountancy!).

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: Now 23.  A CD.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: People moving lanes on a motorway without signalling. Or people staying in the middle lane so you have to move two lanes to get past them. I would take their driving licences off them as they can’t be paying very much attention to be doing either of those things.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: I am a fan of loads of music but I would say Queen must be the top of the list.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: I am a big believer in the attitude being the most important thing. Generally, if you have the grades etc then you can probably learn the job. But having a positive attitude and wanting to get the job done with a passion for delivering for your clients and your team-mates then you can have a job with me.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Pizza. I love pizza and my next purchase needs to be a pizza oven!

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Steamed sponge pudding and custard.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: I grew up in Ferndown and then moved to Southampton many years ago to work with my previous firm. I now live in Romsey (which is beautiful) but it really is great to work near the beach.  We are so lucky to work in Bournemouth.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Go see the Queen. Probably the only opportunity I will get.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Being a bit embarrassed to say I am an accountant. It always seems like such a stuffy profession. The reality is that I have met some crazy people who are accountants. I rarely admit that I am an auditor!

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: We are just coming out of the ‘Center Parcs’ years (with two small children). As a family we have been a number of times to Longleat or Woburn and I just don’t think there is anywhere that compares for entertaining under five’s (ie pre school age). But I have lots of places on my list for us to go now the kids are getting older.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: On my boat in the middle of the Mediterranean. Failing that I imagine older, greyer and hopefully working with lots of great clients across the south coast.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Helping people. I’ve learnt over the years that perhaps it isn’t the qualifications you have but your own experience that adds value to other people. What I have loved about working from home is that we have realised that everyone is human. We see people in their own environments and I have always been a fan of speaking to people in an uncomplicated human to human way. Which is good because I don’t know lots of long complicated words!