Mark Austin, Robert Roberts
Robert Roberts Northern Ireland
Business Manager Food Service
How long here?
Three years in May
What’s in a day?
Changes every day. Developing the Robert Roberts Coffee and Tea business in Northern Ireland, so this can vary from being out selling to customers to in the office doing administration and managing enquiries with the engineering team.
What was your first job?
During university doing promotions in bars for drinks companies. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to go out and socialise in bars.
In another life?
Sporting professional. Making a living from a sport you love must be amazing. I wouldn’t care football, rugby, tennis any sport.
Biking Mountain or road type and I still play football (badly). I love skiing but unfortunately here in Northern Ireland we can’t jump out at the weekend to do it.
Chilling with the family and socialising with friends
Last time at the cinema?
The Hobbit at Christmas
What’s the last event you went to?
Ireland v Argentina at the Aviva Stadium Dublin. Going down on the train to Ireland Rugby matches is always a great experience
Every day is different and is challenging
Where in the world?
Anywhere new, I love travelling. I’m addicted after backpacking around the world for over a year.
The love of your life?
Have to say the wife Deena (or else I would be in trouble). Also three wonderful children, well they are most of the time.
One night wonder?
Would love to go to a Champions League final and Liverpool wins. I missed the last one in Istanbul 2005.
Times are difficult for businesses and it’s hard seeing people out in the trade struggling, trying their best.
In a person?
People who don’t get back to you when you call them
All of it!!
Long dark winters – can’t wait for spring to be outdoors more.
I love… Height, over 6 feet tall
I hate… Always fighting my weight
Noodles, especially Japanese food
Not a big gym fan
Radiohead Sigur Ros
Book, film or play?
Film – action movies my favourite genre
Inspiration in life?
Family and Friends
EITHER – OR
Cats or Dogs: Cats
Bach or Beatles: Beatles
Bottle or Draught: Bottle
PC or MAC: Mac
Football or Rugby: Football
Sun or Snow: Snow
Cottage or Castle: Castle
City Life or Country Time: City
Blonde or Brunette: Brunette
Whiskey or Gin: Whiskey
David Beckham or David Cameron: David Beckham
The Sun or the Telegraph: Telegraph
Radio One or Radio Four: Radio One
Man’s Man or Metrosexual: Man’s Man
Starter or Pud: Starter
Beach Bum or Culture Vulture: Beach Bum
Royal Portrush or Down Royal: Royal Portrush
Autobiography or Novel: Novel