You’ll know the name, now get to know the person. Duncan Gilmour, managing director of Screenworks, reveals a ‘talent’ for singing Lionel Ritchie songs, admits to a growing appreciation of BBC Radio 2, and recalls printing tees for the release of the classic 80s film, E.T.

When did you start your career in the industry?
Officially I started work at Screenworks in 2000 after a spell at the University of Brighton, but I first put my toe in the water when I was only four-years-old. My father owned a printing company that was producing the T-shirts for the release of the film E.T. As with all the best family-run businesses, he roped the whole family in to help print and pack the garments. As a reward for our efforts he took myself and my brothers to the London premiere of the film – an experience I will always remember.

What’s your most over-used word or phrase?
“We need a bigger ship!” Taken from the film Jaws when Sheriff Brody first sees Jaws swim past the rickety fishing boat, it is a saying that I have been using for a couple of years to describe the fact we have outgrown our current premises. Fortunately it looks like we are moving at the start of next year, so I will have to find a new saying…

Which three words would your best friend use to describe your personality?
My best friend is my wife, and I’m pretty sure she would say: stubborn, control-freak (hyphenating this must make it one word) and childish

What is your favourite radio station?
In the last few years I have definitely aged and, as well as getting grumpier, I also have a newfound appreciation of Radio 2. I am often found listening to Sunday Love Songs whilst eating breakfast with the wife and my three terrors! I’m turning into my dad!

Tomato ketchup or brown sauce?
Tommy K every day of the week – brown sauce is for heathens!

What was the last book you read?
My days of reading books in my free time are long gone – three children under five years, my own business and the constant development of my home leaves me little time to eat, let alone read a book for my own satisfaction. Having said that, I did read “The Tiger Who Came To Tea” last night – the kids love that one.

What’s your party trick?
There are a number, but I don’t think you would be able to publish them even if I told you!

What’s your greatest ambition?
I still long to learn to play the piano. My grandma promised me that if I learnt she would leave me her baby grand piano, but even with free tuition on tap I never got round to it, and it is something I have always regretted.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Lionel Richie! I am very close with my brothers and we always end up at parties singing/howling Lionel Richie tracks to poor, unsuspecting party goers. There is one thing that god did not bless me with and that is a good singing voice – but it doesn’t stop me from trying.

Is there another job that you’ve always wanted to do?
I love architecture – Grand Designs is one of my favourite shows on TV and I hope one day to take on a complete wreck and turn it into my dream house. We are on the third extension at the current family home and my wife is getting fed up of living in a building site – the next project will definitely not be the home we live in whether I like it or not.

If you could be anywhere on earth right now, where would you be?
Crashing through the waves on a yacht sailing around the Greek isles. I have very fond memories of listening to Dire Straits, beer in hand on the deck of a yacht, on a family flotilla holiday.

Which gadget or app couldn’t you live without?
I love music of all genres and every time I hear something I like, I Shazam it – it is the best app ever! Every week there is a new download in the Gilmour household, and it is all down to Shazam – couldn’t live without it!

If you could ask one person, living or dead, one question, what would you ask?
This is easy – I would ask Donald Trump (and Nigel Farage) one simple question – WHY?

 

The kids love that one…!

Duncan with one of his ‘three terrors’