Time Out: John Carlin, Regional Managing Director – Wates Construction Midlands

It almost the weekend and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s quick fire questions are answered by John Carlin, Regional Managing Director at Wates Construction Midlands, who, it turns out, loves mountaineering.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

Weekends in the Carlin household are generally equally as busy as my working week! But I like to start the weekend with a glass of wine with my wife Sharon and a catch up on the week and plans ahead. Both my sons are married and left home but frequently draw on my time for DIY projects or company in their chosen hobbies. I also have a grandson with whom we spend as much time as possible, so planning for his regular visits is a great start to the weekend.

What is your hobby?

My hobbies are many and varied. Rugby has always been a passion, both playing and watching (Leicester Tigers). I still stay reasonably fit through running and my current challenge is 13 half marathons in 13 months, starting and finishing with the Great North Run in September. I also enjoy clay pigeon shooting with my dad and sons. However, my biggest passion is the outdoors and in particular mountaineering, which has taken me to The Alps, The Himalayas, The Andes and Tien Shan mountain ranges.

What is your favourite movie?

I love all the great epic movies such as Gladiator, Terminator and Troy as well as some of the classics such as Spartacus and Ben Hur. But my all time favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

My parents owned a foundry which both my brother and sister joined when they left full time education. So my ambition was driven by a desire not to follow the chosen path! My brother now owns the business, taking it to the third generation and I’m delighted at its success but it just wasn’t for me.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

It would be to see where I am at any point in history. I often walk along canals or old sites of industrial revolution – such as the Alum Works at Ravenscar or closer to home, the Lime Kilns at Ambergate – and try to imagine the scene when those industries were in their heyday.

What is your favourite genre of music or artist?

My iPod contains just about every kind of music you could imagine and I still collect as much today as I did as a teenager. As a youngster I loved an outdoor arena and still like going to festivals and live concerts so my favourite would have to be a live band. Although Coldplay is up there, my all-time favourite is AC/DC live at the Monsters of Rock, supported by Whitesnake and Blue Oyster Cult.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

My favourite book is a biography of John Aubrey, who lived from 1626-1697. It’s a diary of his life wherein he documents historical events such as the English Civil War, his attendance at the execution of Charles I and the brief rule of Oliver Cromwell and his son. He also lived through the Great Plague, the Fire of London and the building of St Paul’s Cathedral. His friends included Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Christopher Wren and Elias Ashmole. So my moment in time would be to spend a day with John Aubrey in this fascinating backdrop.