Terry Boot was announced as buying group the Company of Master Jewellers’ new chief executive officer at the end of January.
With over 25 years in the retail industry, Boot brings a wealth of experience to this post. Before joining CMJ he was chief financial officer for Jones Bootmaker and Brantano Footwear group. A role of encompassing central services for the retailer such as; Finance, IT, property management, store maintenance, warehouse and distribution, HR and training.
Boot is excited to be joining the jewellery industry which he describes to Professional Jeweller as being “unique”.
As a relatively new comer to the industry, we thought it would be great to find out a bit more about the new man in charge, that goes beyond his CV and credentials. Here, we ask Terry Boot some personal questions…
Team you support?
What do you do to relax?
Walking and reading. I used to play a lot of golf as a young lad, I played up to a pretty high standard but it takes too much time, so I walk without the golf clubs now
What’s the best piece of business advice you have ever received?
Dream and go for it. And I think you have to be dedicated, you have to show dedication. If you have an ambition and dream of what you want to do, then go for it. You’ll get knocked along the way but pursue it and keep going.
What’s one item you couldn’t live without?
My phone. I’ve only just converted to iPhones from a Blackberry so I relinquish that and I realise what I have been missing.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
It’s definitely Italy. I went to Italy for the first time on an extended holiday last year to Sorrento which was fabulous. And this year I am off to Venice, Rome and Garda.
Three people round the dinner table, dead or alive, who would you choose?
For my football interest, George Best, partially for the stories he’s got to tell. Stephen Fry who always fascinates me and he is a football fan. And probably either Richard Branson or Bill Gates, just to understand the journey that they have gone on which is great and I have read books about them both.