Getting to know our CEO

4 November 2016

This week we grabbed some time with Mark Pesco to ask him 20 highly important questions…

Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I have at least three or four cappuccinos before 11am.

Favourite TV programme?
It’s got to be Gogglebox – particularly the strange humour of Giles and Mary. Who would have thought watching people watch TV could be so entertaining?

Fondest childhood memory?
Spending my summer holidays with my Italian relatives in San Remo – endless days on the beach and eating Rostelle (grilled goat skewers).

Favourite holiday destination?
For chilling out you can’t beat the south of France.

Most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you?
For our X Factor themed charity Christmas video last year I dressed up as Cheryl Cole… Long brown wig, bra, and you know that military-style outfit she wears in one of her music videos? My costume was so authentic it even had those full-length slits up the sides of the trousers. They were just a little bit revealing!

Last meal on death row?
Definitely a rare rib eye steak with chips and a very good bottle of Claret.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I’ve got a labradoodle called Lola. She’s a beautiful, blonde, fluffy thing.

First job?
Growing up in Jersey, you always end up having an eclectic array of summer jobs. Mine include working as a milkman, painting boat engines and delivering wine.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A professional musician – think Kenny G.

Your best qualities?
Sense of humour, patience and fairness.

Any bad habits?
I bite my nails – horrible habit.

Who do you admire?
Simon Weston, the Falklands war veteran.

What drives you nuts?
Slow drivers, rudeness and people that lack generosity.

Best bit of business advice you’ve received?
Work hard and get on with people.

Dream job?
Trust fund beneficiary… Just kidding!

Worst job you’ve ever had?
It has to be the summer holiday I spent painting boat engines that I mentioned before – confined spaces and iron oxide fumes do not mix.

Buzzword you hate the most?
I have two: “let’s touch base” and “can we take this offline”.

Sports fan?
Yes, rugby. I’m very much looking forward to entertaining clients at the Ireland vs England match in Dublin next March. An excellent perk of the job!

City or country?
A combination. I’d pick the city for food, wine, restaurants and culture, and the country for walking, spending time outdoors and keeping fit.

Any hobbies?
I’m obsessed with cooking and regularly wake up thinking about what I’m going to make for my family that evening. My gluttony, however, requires regular early morning visits to the gym, otherwise I would be the size of a house.