Logicor’s director, UK asset management, on Formula One, chat-up lines and the joy of fatherhood.
What has been your most embarrassing industry moment?
There have been too many to list.
What is the best work decision you have ever made?
Joining Logicor. It’s a really forward-thinking entrepreneurial company and I get the pleasure of working with some very talented people.
What’s the best advice you have been given?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Who do you most admire in the industry?
I’ve been lucky enough to work for some great bosses in the industrial and logistics sector at BMO Real Estate, M&G Real Estate and Logicor. I’ve learnt a huge amount from them along the way, which I’m extremely grateful for.
What’s the best thing about the industry?
The people. It’s such a great, friendly, sociable industry.
And the worst thing?
The lack of diversity. That said, it’s great to see the likes of the Industrial Agents Society acknowledging this and taking action by delivering the first Women in Industrial Property event recently.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you like to be doing?
I suspect I’d have ended up being in Formula One. I’m an exceptional driver.
How will the industry have changed in 10 years’ time?
Automation within warehouses will be the rule rather than the exception.
What was your first car?
It was a Volkswagen Golf Mk3 1.8 CL. It sadly gave up on me while in the fast lane of the A3.
What was the first thing you ever said to your wife?
“You could be the future Mrs McCluskie.” Amazingly I was right.
Have you ever had any interesting housemates?
Many years ago, I was in between flats and I briefly lived with a random girl who had advertised her flat on Gumtree. On the first night, we had a couple of disagreements, which wasn’t a good sign. I only managed to last two weeks before I couldn’t face another day so took the cowardly approach of taking a day off, loading up my car and driving off into the sunset without telling her.
What’s your ideal holiday?
Anywhere hot and sunny with some sand to keep my children entertained.
What was your childhood ambition?
To be a Formula One driver or to work in logistics property.
What’s your greatest personal achievement?
Finding someone who was prepared to marry me and having two beautiful children.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
It’s not particularly relaxing but I absolutely love being outside messing around with our children.
Do you have any weird, exciting or unusual hobbies?
Sadly I don’t have any time for exciting hobbies at the moment. That’s my excuse anyway.
What’s the best restaurant you’ve been to in the UK?
A restaurant called Nahm, which was in the Halkin Hotel in Belgravia. It was a Thai restaurant with a Michelin star. I love Thai food.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If budget was no issue and I had already ticked off the central London flat and weekend country retreat, I’d have a few places around the world – a place in Hong Kong for the buzz, Thailand for the weather, food and people watching and a villa in Spain for the odd weekend escape.
What’s your most annoying habit?
I asked my wife what she would answer for me on this question and I got quite a lengthy response so I’ve picked the top three: when I say “I’m only going to stay out for a couple”; micro-managing in the kitchen; and saying I don’t have an opinion on something but then actually having a surprisingly strong opinion on it.
What is it that annoys you most about other people?
I’m finding people who walk along looking at their phones rather than where they’re going quite annoying at the moment. Also people who don’t get on to escalators in tube stations quick enough.
What are the three things you want to do before you retire?
In no particular order: get a six-pack, do more for charity and be a strong role model for my children.
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