60 seconds with... Paul Bean

* 3 min read

What was your first job?

I landed two in a week - working with a local dairyman delivering milk in the morning, and then at a local restaurant called Ringways doing the washing up…..which I hated!

Who’s most influenced your career, and why?

Ian Bloomfield, production director at Gilchrist Brothers. He really did have the perfect balance, always calm and considered, but quickly got to the crux of the matter, whether strategic or tactical. And he clearly understood the role that empathy plays in leadership. A great example.

What’s your greatest personal achievement?

I have always been goal oriented, so it’s hard to pick one out… winning the Leeds Schools FA Falkingham Cup Final was a key moment as it was meant to be a successful step to playing professional football. It didn’t work out, but it was special none the less.

What was your worst career mistake – and what did you learn?

I allowed myself to become too busy, took my eye off the ball and couldn’t deliver important proposals in the remaining time. Lesson learned: never, ever leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

If you weren’t MD of SBS, what would you be doing?

After the professional footballer aspirations were thwarted, I was advised to pick up a trade and as I enjoyed technical drawing, becoming a draughtsman was favourite, until I was offered a print apprenticeship with Waddingtons. But I’ve always loved sport and have been fortunate to play most at a reasonable standard without working too hard at it, so if I had the time to focus on it, well, who knows?

What gadget can’t you live without?

My iPod. I love listening to music – it invokes so many emotions and memories. I like most genres, perhaps because I hate silence!

Which one person would you most like to have dinner with – and why?

Michael Palin. He’s well-read, well-travelled and has a lightning sense of humour; what more could you want?

 What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Just look after number one! Needless to say, it went in one ear, and out of the other!

 And the best?

Never ask others to do anything that you’re not willing to do yourself!

Tell us one thing no one knows about you

I’ve played football with Terry Yorath and Norman Hunter. OK, so I was only 7 years old at the time and Leeds United was on the verge of greatness. Norman lived on my street with his mum, and Terry Yorath lodged with them. I’d knock on their door and ask if Norman could play out, and more times than not he and Terry would join us kids on the street for a kick about.

Julie Hall, the last 60 seconds …interviewee wants to know: what’s your favourite food, and how often do you eat it?

Indian cuisine, there are so many flavours and layers to the dishes and I’m lucky enough to spend time in India regularly, experiencing the real thing. It would be a weekly treat if my wife didn’t dislike it so much, so it’s monthly at best when at home.

What one question would you ask the next person in SBS’ 60 seconds with… hot seat?

What signature dish do you cook for your partner?