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Published: June 16, 2022 | Updated: June 17, 2022

‘My biggest frustration? Political short-termism and politicians being ‘in it’ for themselves…’

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a prominent person in Dorset and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

His favourite smell is peat burning in a fire; he looks for enthusiasm, curiosity, hard work and ambition in a new employee and would like to be remembered for being open/fair-minded and good at ideas.

Mike McKenna, Chief Executive, Poole Bay Holdings Limited, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: M*A*S*H – the American war comedy set in a mobile hospital in Korea.

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

A: Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Coming up with new ideas.

Q: And the worst?

A: Difficulty implementing those new ideas!

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Gerry Hitchens, an Aston Villa footballer from the 1960s.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Peat burning in a fire.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Parts of the Ferry Road, Studland, overlooking the nature reserve are gorgeous and remind me of the west of Ireland.

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

A: Find something that really interests you and become the best in that area.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: ‘Keep on Running’ by The Spencer Davis Group.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Brexit. In my opinion, the decision to leave the EU was irrational and an unmitigated disaster.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Boccherini: String Quintet in C Major, Opus 30, No.6

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

A: Enthusiasm, curiosity, hard work and ambition.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: I love maki rolls, sashimi and nigiri.

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

A: A plate of melon.

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

A: The climate – it is generally warmer here and the average rainfall is below the national average.

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

A: Propose a national infrastructure plan for the next 25 years to address chronic underinvestment.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Political short-termism and politicians being ‘in it’ for themselves.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Lucca in Italy.

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

A: No idea, I can’t look forward that far!

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being open/fair-minded and good at ideas.