Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

James Blackshaw, Junior Consultant

James Blackshaw is a Junior Consultant who joined the FMCL team in May 2016

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An interview with James...

What is the earliest ambition you can remember?

To be my own boss.  

Did you go to a state or private school? Did you go to University or straight into work?

Private school. Went to work before realising that university would open doors quicker.

Who is your idol?

My parents, they have given me the best start in life.

Who is your mentor?

I don’t have one.

How physically fit are you?

Not very, can’t remember the last time I went to a gym.

Which leads to greater success, hard work or ability?

A mix of the both creates great success.

What is your IQ?

Not sure

Which famous person are you most like?

Really don’t know. I got told I looked like Chris Martin once so I’ll go with that.

If you could see any musician live - whether alive or dead - who would it be?

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr (The Rat Pack)

Do you consider your carbon footprint?

Not until I read this question.

What was the first car you owned?

VW Polo, brilliant little car.

What's your biggest extravagance?

I spent a month travelling around America and a week skiing in Canada, that was expensive.

How politically committed are you?

Not very, there are more important things in life.

Name one skill you don't possess that you wish you did?

A better memory

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

To Fly, it would save me a fortune in travel expenses.

You're going to be stranded on a desert island and can take only three things with you - what would they be?

A machete, a flint  and my glasses.

If you could own one thing that you don't currently possess, what would it be?

An Aston Martin DB5 in Silver.

What and where is the best restaurant you've ever eaten in?

Bull and Bear Steak House in NYC.

What keeps you going every day?

The desire to be a success.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being the first male in my family to go to University.

What has been your greatest disappointment?

I tend to not think about my disappointments.

If a movie were made about your life so far, who would take the lead role as you?

I’d have to play myself, as it would be amazing to relive some of my experiences.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?

Pains, Breaks and False Starts.

What was the last book you read?

A People’s Revolution

What would your 20 year old self say to you now?

What happened to not working in an office?

What ambitions do you still have?

I want to see the world, eat in the best restaurants and have my own Necker Island. Always aim high.

If you lost everything tomorrow, what would you do?

Find out why I’d failed and start again.

If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far out of 10, what would your score be? 

Find out why I’d failed and start again.

If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far out of 10, what would your score be?

I’d give it a 5, it’s been good so far but I’m still young and there is so much more to do.