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On the spot

Name: Paul Kiss

Age: 46

Qualifications: BSc, CEng, MICE.

Current job: managing director

Best thing about current job: always new challenges

and the worst: having to make people redundant from time to time.

Best contract: space creation at Cazenove's Bank, City of London, 1994

and the worst: Arley Tunnel, near Nuneaton, also in 1994. 'We got sucked into doing a lot of extra work for which we never got paid.'

Anything else: 'I learned a lot about myself on an expedition to the magnetic North Pole in 1996, where I was the surveyor charged with actually locating the Pole, and also the paramedic. The magnetic Pole is constantly moving, and we finally got closer to it than anyone before us. Marching across the ice-cap taught me to avoid destructive criticism at moments of crisis.'

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