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Andy Kerr reveals his secret passion for housework

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Chief executive of Sense Scotland and former MSP Andy Kerr reveals his love of curry, coffee and chores in this week's Chief Encounters

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work?

My office overlooks the café so I get a big smile from café staff, a thumbs up and a fresh Americano, gleefully collect and then turn on my computer.

What makes a good day at work?

Getting through some of my ‘to do’ list and dealing with all the other things that come along during the day, we are collocated with services so I also get a chance meet up with some great people.

How often do you socialise with colleagues outside the Christmas party?

Not that often but I do make sure that we go out for a curry now and again

What turns you into the office Victor Meldrew?

Not learning from mistakes we have previously made.

What was the last thing you did that scared you?

Volunteering information, in an interview like this, that my hidden passion was housework only to have it put onto a giant poster at TouchBase.

What’s your favourite book?

If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi

Would your 18-year-old self be impressed with where you are now?

Yes, I always saw myself as married and living in a nice house and I am married with a beautiful wife and three beautiful grown up daughters, career stuff well that just happens!

If you were your boss would you like you?

Yes, if I shut up enough.

Is Facebook your friend or your enemy?

I prefer being with friends in the real world.

Is the third sector preferable to Holyrood?

Tough question, because they are not comparable, I have respect for both but very happy where I am.

Is the third sector a calling or an accident?

For me it’s a calling: before politics and now, the consultancy I set up many years ago worked only in the public and third sectors as a deliberate business choice, almost my entire working life has been in the not for profit sector.

Brian Denis Cox or Brian Edward Cox?

Prefer Roy Cox, chairman of Sense Scotland!