Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Julian Clark, Chief Executive, Lancemore Group

The challenge for the industry is… Rate growth.

The things I like about my job are… The great people, great accommodation, great food, great wine, amazing spas and exceptional experiences.  And the ability to make a real difference.  Beat that!

And the frustrations… Challenging people…as in any business.

If I didn’t work in travel I would be… In a strategy or senior line role, ideally in a fast growing company of size with a great culture.

Qantas or Virgin?  Either is fine but still a slight preference for Qantas.

My proudest moment was… Watching how amazing my wife is/was with our young son.  It puts a lot of things into perspective.

The naughtiest thing I ever did was… Not something I will admit to here.

I try to relax by… Having a drink and a yarn with my wife, family or friends.  Ideally while watching a Bombers or Wallabies win.  I’m also fond of skiing on a clear powder day!

The last time I feared for my life… Was hiking in the depths of Yunnan in China where the Himalayas and Yangtze both start.  Amazing but an incident there was more than a little hairy. 

If I can, I always try to avoid… People that sap my energy.

I really wish I had… Never a care in the world.

The best advice I’ve ever received was… Picture your ideal eulogy and live your life accordingly. 

I don’t understand why… Australia’s business culture and media is regularly negative and risk-averse given the opportunities we have currently in our country.

My greatest weakness is… Optimism x trust.

And my greatest strength… Optimism x tenacity.

If I was prime minister I would… Surround myself with a great cabinet.

If I won $1 million on the lottery I would… Be very lucky indeed.

If I could be someone else for one day I would be… The US president with an overwhelming majority in both the Senate and Congress and a mandate to implement an agenda that would make life better for millions/billions.

I’ve always wanted to travel to… South Africa.

My favourite holiday was… To Mexico/USA.  I’ve been to over 50 countries and this holiday a few years ago was the best.  A close second was my year backpacking around the world.  The former was amazing on every front, while the latter was life-changing.  


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