Time Out: Martin Birch, Partner at Belmayne

It’s almost the weekend once again and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week we hear from Martin Birch, a partner at chartered independent financial advisers, Belmayne, based in Dronfield, North Derbyshire.

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

First on my weekend agenda is taking my daughters to ballet class. Then, we walk Brian, our westie, for an hour, before enjoying a family meal out and a film in the evening.

Sundays start with ice skating for the girls and I usually go for a 10-12 mile run at some point. Then, we visit family and friends and finish the weekend off with a games’ night. There is usually a kids’ party or adult event to squeeze in there somewhere as well!

What is your hobby?

I am an avid fan of Leicester Tigers and my family and I are season ticket holders, but as you might have guessed from my previous answer, socialising with family and friends is high up the list of favourite activities too. I’m also an ale drinker and enjoy sampling the many different flavours available these days.

What is your favourite movie?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the original, obviously!

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

The dream would have been to play rugby professionally for Leicester Tigers, but in reality, probably a tradesman or house builder. I like creating and repairing things and take pride in making the job look really good.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Time travel. I’d like to experience major events, like the moon landings and the signing of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. More scarily, I’d also go forward in time to see what the future looks like.

What is your favourite genre of music?

Heavy metal, followed by jazz – an eclectic mix, I know. Metallica is my favourite band of all time. I love to watch as much live music as possible too and go to the Download festival every year.

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

I’d go right back to the big bang to find out what really happened!