Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Mike, a new Account Manager at Pace. After ten years of perfecting my Geordie accent in Newcastle, I decided to head home to sunny East Yorkshire.

I have worked in agencies since graduating with a degree in History from Newcastle University in 2011. I became an account manager in 2013 and haven’t looked back since.

When I’m not at work, I’m an avid Aston Villa fan which has provided me with years worth of despair, I usually watch games through my fingers but I do enjoy it occasionally.

Hull has changed a lot since I was last a regular visitor so I’m rediscovering old haunts and reacquainting myself with the local twang.

Could you describe yourself in three words?

I reckon so…

You’ve been tasked with getting snacks for the whole office. What do you bring?

I want the full shebang, cheese and pineapple on a stick (preferably in the shape of a hedgehog), party rings, sausage rolls, crisps in a paper bowl (why always a paper bowl?), a themed cake with too much icing, jelly and plenty of those lurid red and yellow jam tarts that are everywhere when you’re a child but seem to disappear off the face of the Earth when you hit twelve.

If you could invite five people (dead or alive) to a dinner party who would you choose?

Childhood hero Dion Dublin would top the table, footballing icon and property empresario, what’s not to love?

I’d invite Bob Mortimer, I’m a huge fan of his podcast ‘Athletico Mince’ and could sit through hours of his Peter Beardsley ramblings.

I’ve recently been reading a number of books by Mark Forsyth and would definitively want him at my dinner party, it’s quite a skill to turn etymology into sparkling conversation.

A left-field choice, but I’d have to invite a historical icon and I would love to chat to Siegfried Sassoon. A conflicted, troubled man but one who stood his ground and campaigned hard for a generation who lacked a voice.

Finally, I’d invite Dick Strawbridge, I want to watch the man eat soup…

What do you do to de-stress?

I lose myself in a book. I read anything and everything and I won’t sleep unless I’ve read a few pages of something. It doesn’t need to be a page-turner (I read a lot of incredibly dry history books) but I find it clears my head and if you learn something new in the process, all the better!

What are you most looking forward to about starting at Pace?

I love being an Account Manager because I enjoy the contact with my clients. I’ve built up some great relationships over the years so I am looking forward to getting to know all of my shiny new clients and turning around some exciting projects with them.

Got any interesting facts?

Having a father who was a photographer made me a cheap and easily accessible child model. If you’re a collector of marketing collateral from the early 90’s, you may well have seen little Mike make an appearance. Sadly my modelling career ended in 1993 due to a tragic case of ageing.

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