DIARY: Showing support on the way to the top

I think I may have stumbled on how Paul ‘Boy Wonder’ Barber rose to the dizzy heights of Inchcape group corporate affairs director at the tender age of 29. It is a case, my friends, not of the old school tie, but of the old soccer scarf.

I think I may have stumbled on how Paul ‘Boy Wonder’ Barber rose to the

dizzy heights of Inchcape group corporate affairs director at the tender

age of 29. It is a case, my friends, not of the old school tie, but of

the old soccer scarf.



Barber, it seems, is an all-weather sports fan. Winter sees him cheering

on Tottenham Hotspur and Saracens Rugby Club while summer finds him

urging on Middlesex Cricket Club.



Coincidentally, it seems, new chief executive Philip Cushing also likes

his outdoor activities, particularly as demonstrated by Tottenham

Hotspur, Middlesex Cricket Club and...Saracens Rugby Club. Suspicious,

some might call it, although Barber laughs off suggestions that the

shared allegiance swung the balance in his favour, saying merely: ‘It

certainly shows good judgement to pick a Spurs supporter.’



However, his meteoric rise through the Inchcape ranks, may have reached

its zenith. New chairman Sir Colin Marshall is, it emerges, a keen

supporter of Spurs’ arch-rival, Arsenal, and, on 13 April, the two north

London clubs meet up.



As Barber says, with some trepidation: ‘If we win I think I’ll steer

clear of Sir Colin for a while.’



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