Name: Belinda Poole.
Title: Director, Lexus (GB).
Languages spoken: English plus French and German at beginner level.
Family: Im not married, but have a partner who I share my life with.
Countries lived in: UK, USA, Czech Republic, Belgium.
Education and qualifications:
A degree in mathematics and management science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
What was your first car?
The first car I owned was a brand new red Ford Fiesta Ghia. I loved this car and thought it was the smartest thing going.
Whats in your garage?
A Lexus GS 450h. Im just about to change to an RX 400h, another Lexus Hybrid Drive product.
Describe your perfect day.
Lying in bed a bit longer when its a sunny day outside, then taking a long ride on the bike with my partner, exploring the villages of the UK countryside or along the coast.
Later in the day a home cooked roast and glass of red wine.
Whats your greatest personal achievement?
I spent some time doing voluntary work in the south of Chile with a group of people from around the world, working with local communities to help provide them new housing.
What do you do to relax?
Internet surfing, especially when I might be researching upcoming holidays or events. I enjoy cooking with my partner, although hes definitely the better chef of the two of us. On holiday I enjoy outdoor activities, from hiking to scuba diving.
Whats the first thing you do when you get home?
Make some calls to family or friends and then cook an evening meal.
If you could meet any figure from history, who would it be and why?
Id be interested to meet Charles Darwin who must have led a fascinating life, and quiz him on his journey across the world on the Beagle. Id also be interested in meeting some of the great explorers like Scott of the Antarctic.
What is your fondest memory?
May I decline to answer that one?
What was your last purchase?
I have just moved into my new house so I have been buying things for the place like new curtains, a new lawn mower and some new furniture.
Whats your greatest extravagance?
Having a sabbatical to go traveling around the world. I spent time on all continents traveling across Australia, New Zealand, India, China, and Africa.
How would you describe your character?
Even-tempered, friendly, and fair with everyone.
What traits do you dislike in others?
Dishonesty and arrogance.
When are you not at your best?
I can sometimes get impatient if people around me are not pulling their weight or contributing as they should be.
What was the most fun you had last year that had nothing to do with the car business?
Traveling to Canada on vacation, a fabulous two weeks in and around Vancouver.
What are your most treasured possessions?
My family, friends and my partner.
Where would you really like to live?
Somewhere warm and sunny but with lots of life, like Barcelona or Buenos Aires, but Im not sure if I would retire there as I would like to be close to my family in the UK.
Whats your greatest regret?
Not learning to scuba dive earlier. I started diving in 2003 and wish I had taken it up a lot sooner.
What is your current state of mind?
I have recently moved back to the UK and have settled into a new house so my state of mind is very positive and upbeat. There are plenty of things to look forward to in life at home and in business.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I dont have one particular favorite. I like pretty much all foods and am always willing to try something new. I was recently on holiday in Japan and tried the deadly fugu, the pufferfish.
Which extra talent would you most like to have?
Id like to be able to sing in tune, and to have a photographic memory.