We get to know Joseph Hooper​ – Corporate Client Executive at Broadway Insurance Brokers.

How do you like to start the day?

Getting out for a run, then giving the Nespresso Machine a seeing to.

Doesn’t always happen, but it’s the ideal start!

Where did you grow up?

Rochdale until I was 11, then Northwich for a few years. My accent is all over the show.

What’s your greatest fear?

Failure. Then Spiders.

Who inspires you?

Peter Manchester, of course.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

Me and my step brother decided it would be a good idea to get matching Beavis and Butthead tattoos after day one in Bangkok. The family regretted sending us there for our 21st.

What’s your favourite book?

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan. Most stories that are set in the war time and are true are up there for me. I also have to say that all 7 Harry Potter books are works of art.

What book are you reading right now?

The Hobbit.

What’s the greatest invention of all time?

Heated seats in cars. Living in Manchester makes it a necessity to have them.

Is there a sport you wish you could play?

Skiing. It looks like a peaceful place 4,000m in the sky. Golfing too, I do play but it’s so hard. Basically, any sport that I can tie in with a holiday!

Where do you go to relax?

Bed, preferably with rain against the window.

Where’s your favourite holiday destination?

Italy. I’ve only been to Rome and Milan up to now but there’s plenty of places on my list. Could definitely get used to the cheese and wine lifestyle.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Indonesia (Bali).

Besides your phone, what do you always have with you?

A tin of Vaseline and chewing gum.

What’s your favourite post-work tipple?


What’s your favourite dish to cook?

Homemade Chicken Curry or Vodka Gnocchi Bake.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Dishoom in Manchester.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Always be yourself & give 100%.

What do you bring to a party?

Spiced rum, coca cola and a bag of limes.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Hate me or love me, you watched. That’s all you could do” – Pete Weber, bowling legend.

Not related to my life at all, but I love it.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Motown music. Not even a guilty pleasure, I’m proud of it.