Monday, May 10, 2021

Time Out: Jonny McPhee, Managing Director, Invictus Group

The weekend is just around the corner and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week Business Link talks to Jonny McPhee, Managing Director of Invictus Group, based in Melbourne, Derbyshire.

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

I usually finish early on Friday afternoons and head to a golf course for a nine-hole round of golf with some mates, followed by a couple of beers. I find this is a great way to relax because while we’re playing and winding each other up, I don’t think about anything else, and that clears my head, ready to spend the weekend with my family.

What is your hobby?

I like doing anything sport-related, like golf, going to the gym, and running. I found not being able to play golf or go to the gym during lockdown extremely difficult, and so being able to run was really important for my mental health.

It’s also really good for work, because I know that if I’ve got a problem that needs sorting out, the solution will probably come to me when I’m out on a run. I’ve realised during lockdown how exercising and looking after myself make a huge difference not just to the way I feel about myself but to the way I feel in general.

What is your favourite movie?

I can’t pick one, but I can pick three! I love a film that makes me laugh, so I love the comedy Step Brothers, as well as the Hangover, and finally The Shawshank Redemption, which is just a great film to make you think.

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

I was very fortunate when I was younger because as a family we were able to go on nice holidays and we’d go snow-boarding twice a year. As a result, I wanted to be a snowboarding instructor. I loved the sport and the lifestyle and the ability to meet lots of people, and so I took my instructor course. Sadly, while I was good at snowboarding, I was rubbish at French, and so I didn’t take it any further.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I would like to have the power of invisibility so that I could go round finding out what people think of me! I don’t think I have anything to fear but I do find it interesting how people aren’t able to give honest opinions, either good or bad, on things, so this would be a way to find out opinions that they wouldn’t usually say to someone’s face.

What is your favourite genre of music?

I’m one of those people who likes pretty much everything, although I don’t do heavy metal or rock, and so if there is a common link in the music I like, it’s stuff that makes me feel good and that, if I am in the mood, I can dance to. If I had to name a favourite artist from down the years then I would say Robbie Williams in his earlier years – we went to see him in concert and Millennium is my go-to karaoke choice.

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

That would be my wedding day. It was nearly 10 years ago and my wife Heather and I have had two children, Teddy and Esme, since, but it was such a perfect day that I’d love to experience it all over again. We got married in Las Vegas with our mates there, we were young and in love and it was an amazing event.

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