The Last Word: Julie Fellows


Name: Julie Fellows

Company: Cornwall Marine Network

Job title: Academy Director

What did you want to be when you were young? A vet or something in the music industry.

What was your first full time job? Cashier at the Halifax Building Society.

What is your best quality? I am honest.

What is your worst quality? I am honest and I don’t suffer fools. Sometimes this is not a good combination.

What is your favourite book? Die Trying – Lee Child for pretty much the same reason as my favourite film or The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. I also loved the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

What is your favourite film? The Magnificent Seven – I like the good guy to win, the bad guy to lose, and a big body count in the middle!

What is your favourite restaurant? Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives or Scott’s of Mayfair.

How do you like to relax? Running, or over a nice glass of wine with friends.

If you could build a house anywhere in the world where would it be? Yorkshire – either the Dales, or in York itself. You can take the girl out of Yorkshire…

If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you like to possess? Invisibility and time travel – brilliant!

Who was your teenage pin up? James Dean/Paul Weller.

Can money buy happiness? It can help.

Most annoying TV personality? Bruce Forsythe – I couldn’t stand him as a child and what seems like 100 years later, he’s still around bugging me.

What has been the best moment in your career? Watching the least confident crew member on a yacht realise that she was the only one not being seasick and everyone else was turning to her for help. Her self-esteem grew more in that one day than the last 16 years of her life.

What has been the worst moment in your career? Not getting the job on The Tube (Channel 4 music show) that I had been shortlisted for.

What do you begrudge spending money on? Fuel for my car.

If you only had £1 left in the entire world, what would you spend it on? A pasty for a homeless person.

What’s the best thing about Cornwall? The coastline and beautiful beaches, and the entrepreneurial spirit that is rife in the county.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in life? Despite what the media would have you believe, most people are nice. Practice regular random acts of kindness and occasional random acts of anarchy.

What makes you happy? Physical – running, personal – spending time with my son and husband, professional – seeing the positive changes in the young people who come through our Academy.

What makes you angry? Injustice, laziness (people who leave pee on toilet seats).

If you could invite any two people for dinner, who would they be and why would you invite them? Jack Nicholson – wicked, entertaining, talented, irreverent and David Attenborough – childhood hero, fascinating stories, has lived my dream.

What could you not live without? Love and tomato ketchup.

Tell me a joke. What do you call a sheep without legs? A cloud.

Describe yourself in three adjectives. Honest, hard-working, hopeful.