He started life as a motorbike racer, but Mark Henderson is now at the helm of the UK’s fifth largest social housing association. He tells Ruth Lognonne why he traded in his leather jacket for public lettings.
What car do you drive?
Audi A3 and a sunday car
Who or what makes you laugh?
What’s your favourite book?
Gordon Cullen “Townscape” (it’s about what cities should look like)
What’s your ideal job, other than the one you’ve got?
MotoGP Team Principal (on the basis that I’m too old and fat to ride the bike)
If you had a talking parrot, what’s the first thing you would teach it to say?
“Have you tidied your room Kate” (my daughter)
What’s your greatest fear?
Nothing to be honest
What’s the best piece of business advice you have ever received?
The most important rule is to break all the rules
And the worst?
“It’s been like that since 1926, there’s no need to change it now”
What’s your poison?
What newspapers do you read, other than The Journal?
How much was your first pay packet and what was it for?
£26 a week as a planning technician, the B&B was £30
How do you keep fit?
Running between trains, planes, tubes and meetings
What’s your most irritating habit?
As a new tweeter, a rather childish competition with a colleague for new followers – @markghenderson!
What’s your biggest extravagance?
Watching Newcastle United
Which historical or fictional character do you most identify with or admire?
Which four famous people would you most like to dine with?
Madeleine Peyroux, Voltaire, pictured, Nelson Mandela, Barry Sheene, pictured
How would you like to be remembered?
He got a bit better at golf towards the end.