Biz Extra

Published: March 10, 2022 | Updated: March 11, 2022

‘Qualities that I look for in a new employee? Enthusiasm, creativity and competence…’

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 food is Cote de Boeuf cooked on a BBQ; he’d like to share a car with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone; looks for enthusiasm, creativity and competence in a new employee and would want to be remembered for creating Sculpture by the Lakes and the wildlife habitat within.

Simon Gudgeon, Sculptor and Owner, Sculpture by the Lakes, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: The Big Bang Theory.

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

A: Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Designing and making things – whether it’s a sculpture, a BBQ, gates or anything for Sculpture by the Lakes.

Q: And the worst?

A: Admin!

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Jack Hargreaves.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Petrichor, a wonderful smell that accompanies the rain after a long dry spell.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Brace of Butchers, Dorchester – such a fantastic selection of local food.

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

A: Do something that you love, the money doesn’t matter.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Incompetence and excessive bureaucracy – both of which apply to government and civil servants.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: ‘Pulse’ by Pink Floyd.

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

A: Enthusiasm, creativity and competence.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Cote de Boeuf cooked on a 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: The variety of amazing food producers.

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

A: Cut the Civil Service in half.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Pointless bureaucracy that stifles enterprise.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: I can’t remember; it’s been such a long time!

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

A: Six feet under.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Creating Sculpture by the Lakes and the wildlife habitat within.