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Published: January 23, 2020 | Updated: January 26, 2020

20 Questions: Roger Woodall, Founder of the Bournemouth 7s festival, takes the hotseat

Roger Woodall: Best thing about living/working in Dorset? The stunning beaches and kind people everywhere.
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, 20 Questions. This time…

Sports entrepreneur and investor Roger Woodall is the Founder of Bournemouth 7s.

It’s become the world’s leading sports and music festival attracting 30,000 like-minded people from across the globe.

Tickets for this year’s festival, which takes place on the late May Bank Holiday (May 22-24) at Chapel Gate go on sale on February 1. Visit

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: I love anything to do with sport, health and nutrition. There are always loads of good documentaries on Netflix.

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

A: If I’m driving, I’d have Harry Redknapp in the front passenger seat, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in the back with Marin Johnson sitting in the middle!

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Seeing 30,000 people being care-free and enjoying themselves at the festival.

Q: And the worst…?

A: The feet after the long weekend.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Paul Gascoigne as he was such a wonderful player and a proper character to go with it.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Calvin Klein Eternity for Women.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: The top of Hengistbury Head for its wonderful views.

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

A: Ask lots and lots of questions and surround yourself with really good people.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: Queen’s Greatest Hits.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: People who aren’t truthful and social climbers.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline.

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

A: Someone who is hungry to succeed.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Whole grilled fish with a load of rock salt straight off the BBQ.

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

A: Melon.

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

A: Stunning beaches and kind people everywhere.

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

A: Pay nurses and teachers much more and make flexible hours compulsory for all employers.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Filling in any type of form.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Barbados.

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

A: Teaching my boy the ropes of the business so he can take the festival to a whole new level.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being a good friend.