60 second interview: Simon Barr, Daimler Fleet Management

Simon Barr (pictured far left) is a new business sales manager at Daimler Fleet Management (DFM).

My favourite holiday destination is…

Tulum beach in Mexico – white sands surrounded by ancient Mayan culture.

I drive a…

Mercedes-Benz E220D AMG Line Coupe.

My hobbies are…

Going on walks – with a pub at the end – and watching football.

My favourite TV programme is…

Match of the Day – providing Arsenal have won.

The celebrity I would most like to meet is…

Brian Clough. I’ve just finished reading a great book about his life and career; he was a fascinating character.

I got into the industry…

By accident. I started my career in the media industry, but was persuaded by my brother-in-law to work with him at his leasing brokerage.

Nearly 20 years later, I’m still enjoying every day in the fleet business.

To encourage more young people into the industry we should...

Talk more about the variety of role. Whether you work for a manufacturer, lease company or are part of the supply network, there are many roles. We have a great young talent pool at DFM and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

Our plan for the next 12 months is…

To continue working with multi-marque LCV fleets looking for a dedicated lease and fleet management service. We want to build on the success we have achieved already.

DFM is different from the competition because…

Of the people. Everyone is 100% focused on doing what is best for our customers﷯.