Time Out: Gary Headland, CEO at Lincoln College Group

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Gary Headland

The weekend has rolled around again and that means it is time for another ‘Time Out’. This week’s answers come from Gary Headland, CEO at Lincoln College Group, who would like to go back in time to meet Winston Churchill…

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

After a fairly long drive home, I like to be home to read William (my son) a bedtime story followed by a glass of my favourite red wine and a takeaway curry #guilty-pleasures.

What is your hobby?

Although I have had played a very wide range of sports during my lifetime, right now my focus is on work and spending quality time with my family which includes an energetic 3 year old boy and a 14 year old boy who needs a personal taxi. Until the 26-hour day is invented, hobbies are on the back-burner. Before you think I’m incredibly boring, I do get to do some very cool things as part of my job.

What is your favourite movie?

‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ [sic] which is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner’s struggle being homeless starring Will Smith who is one of my all-time favourite actors.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career? 

I have been very fortunate to have had four careers in four different sectors: the Royal Air Force, the Police Service, the private sector in a global software company and my current role as a CEO in the education sector. If I were starting out in my professional life again, I think I would have enjoyed being a barrister.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Foresight: I’d love to be able to see the future with the same 20/20 vision as we often look back with hindsight at the past.

What is your favourite genre of music? 

I have a very wide taste in music which changes over time, with what I am doing and with my mood: when I am happy it has to be the Despicable Me 3 soundtrack packed full of 80’s classics; when I am thinking deeply it is probably an album by Lisa Gerrard and when I am feeling a bit cheesed off it is probably ‘il silenzio’ which is an incredible piece of trumpet music.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

The playful answer would be to every point in time where I have said or done something that I now look back on and cringe (there have been a lot!) and not said or done them! On a serious tack, I would love to travel back to the 1940s to meet King George VI and Winston Churchill and talk with them about leadership and personal resilience.