Brendan Blayney

Qualifications: BSc (Hons 1st class) International Relations at The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Languages spoken: English, Mandarin (fluent – HSK Chinese Proficiency Level 6)

Sector focus: China & the Far East, Logistics, Manufacturing, Technology, Telecoms.

How many countries have you been to and which one is furthest from the UK? I think it’s 27 countries, and the furthest would probably be Singapore

What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? Cockroaches

What was your dream job when you were a child? Footballer

If you could time travel where would you go? I would go to 1947 to watch Charlton Athletic win the FA Cup

Which superhero would you be and why? One of the X-Men because then you’d have a lot of cool friends

What was the last role for which you found the successful candidate? It was confidential

What is the innovation you have been waiting for? Robots that do everyone’s jobs for them

What are your guilty pleasures? I’m not really ashamed to admit any of the things I enjoy doing…

What is the biggest challenge of using LinkedIn as a researcher? You can’t trust everything you read on there

What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day? There’s a lot of things that I’d like to do but don’t normally have time for: read, play computer games, exercise, study Chinese, and more