Life’s looking FAB for a Hutt boy who enjoys heavy metal and horses


How long have you worked at Pukeko Pictures?
I’ve been at Pukeko for just over 12 months as chief operating officer. This gave me a good insight into the business workings of the company and exposed me to a number of our business partners.

How did you get started?
I was approached about the opportunity and thought all my Christmases had come at once. I really enjoy working for a small private company in a fun industry with world-class creatives.

What will your new role involve?
As chief executive, I will ensuring we bring the different skill sets of the team together at the right time to make magic happen.

Any highlights of working at Pukeko?
The real highlight is our fantastic team and creating something that stands up on a global stage. I also particularly like the fact that there is a real mix of youth and experience within the company

Who is the most famous person you’ve met during your time at the business?
It is amazing working in Miramar. Occasionally you see famous people going incognito and I’ve run into all sorts of people. Apart from our own Richard Taylor, I did meet Simon Cowell in Europe.

What do you enjoy most about your job, and what is the most challenging aspect?
I love the product we create and working with an amazingly creative team. The most challenging aspect is that our business is truly global and so you don’t spend as much time as you would like face-to-face with your partners.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day for me can be quite long, as we work across multiple time zones. We are currently working with partners across Asia, Australia, the United States and Europe.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I enjoy horse racing, and have a real skill in picking horses that don’t win!

What was the last movie you watched? Which film would you like to watch next?
The last movie I saw was one called Noble. I watched it with my daughter Ruby, who is at broadcasting school in Christchurch. I took a day off with her and we had a dad and daughter day, where we went to the movies and out for lunch. It was a great movie: the story of a woman who had an amazingly hard life growing up in Ireland and who then went to Vietnam and set up an orphanage for Vietnamese street kids. The next movie I’ll watch will probably be on a plane. I haven’t seen Mad Max, so that will be probably be my next watch.

What has been your proudest achievement?
It sounds cheesy, but I have the most amazing family and great friends. I value these relationships that have stood the test of time.

What book are you reading at the moment?
I normally read fiction, but last week I had the pleasure of meeting Salim Ismail, who is the founding executive director of Silicon Valley-based organisation Singularity University. He gave me his book Exponential Organisations. I’m half-way through that.

What’s on your iPod? Who is your favourite artist?
I have very eclectic music tastes and have different music for different moods. But being from the Hutt, I do love a little bit of metal!

If you could invite any four people to dinner, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Nelson Mandela, he is one of my heroes; the Dalai Lama, because I love his energy; Mick Jagger, as I’m sure he would have a few tales; and Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), as I was a real fan.

What would you cook for them and what would they drink?
I’d need to have a pretty balanced meal with these guests, including a good vegetarian option for the Dalai Lama. It would probably be a great barbecue and I would serve a Mondillo 2008 Pinot Noir, a fantastic Central Otago drop.

August 8 2015

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