'Piers came to us in 1993 with no experience but the unshakable conviction that he was absolutely right about pretty much everything. Why did we hire him? Because he is hugely good fun.
'He really started to shine when he put himself forward as our new business director, and brought in a data management system that, ten years on, we still use. His acting ability means he knows how to project his voice and personality, and this also makes him a great trainer.
'He left in 1996 and ended up presenting TV programmes that involved eating live conger eels and stag testicles, and drinking hallucinogenic ayahuasca with shamen. To be honest, we weren't entirely surprised.'
Piers Gibbon is now an actor, presenter and narrator for TV, and a teacher of public speaking.