Time Out: Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North East & North West


The weekend is here once again, and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s round of quick fire questions are answered by Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North East & North West, who it turns out is an avid clay pigeon shooter…

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?                                           Once upon a time it would be getting ready for the night ahead by putting on my irresistible shirt and a bit of my old spice aftershave, but now my Friday night looks something like changing from my suit into shorts and a t-shirt and sitting down with a nice bottle of wine with my wife in the garden, if weather permits.

What is your hobby?                                                                                                         I am spoilt as I have two hobbies. I am an avid clay pigeon shooter, which is relaxing and frustrating in equal measure and I also like nothing better than taking long walks with my two working spaniels.

What is your favourite movie?                                                                                         My ultimate favourite is Silence of the Lambs. I love a movie with a twist and a sprinkling of gore.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?                                                                                                                           I think if I wasn’t in my current role as Business Unit Director at Wates, I would have loved to have worked outdoors in some capacity. Other than walking with the dogs, the nearest I get to fresh air is watching Countryfile every Sunday.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?                                                     As a man who travels 35,000 business miles a year up and down the country, I wish my super power was flying. The road works and endless 50mph delays can be frustrating, so being able to free up some time by flying would indeed be a super power worthy of having.

What is your favourite genre of music?                                                                           Growing up I was a huge Jam fan and my guilty pleasure used to be the Bay City Rollers! However my favourite band of all time is Fleetwood Mac. The whole of the Rumours Album is fantastic.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?                                   I would go back to join Winston Churchill on VE Day. I can imagine it was some party and there were probably a lot of bad heads the next day.