Close-Up: The Hot Seat - Amelia Torode, VCCP

Name: Amelia Torode

Job: Head of strategy and innovation, VCCP

- You've got five hours left before the world explodes. What do you do?

Log on to Twitter and Tweet about it.

- What's your best joke?

A pork pie walks into a bar and asks: "Do you serve food?" The bartender looks at him and says: "No, fuck off."

- What's your biggest fear?

The driver of the bendy number 12 bus.

- When did you last cry and why?

The last episode of The Wire.

- Who is your hero?

Aleksandr Orlov.

- Name one thing about yourself that few people know.

I got a Blue at Cambridge for playing rugby in the 1997 women's Varsity Match.

- What's the worst thing about your job?

The same thing as most people, I expect - e-mails.

- What do you see when you look in the mirror?

My first grey hairs.

- Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?

Amelia Earhart. If you don't know her story, have a read:

- If you had a trained monkey, what would you make it do?

Become my housekeeper.

- If your office was burning down, what object would you save and why?

It's a close call between Charles and the posh coffee machine.

- Are you happy?


- What would you do if you were invisible for the day?

Hang out at 10 Downing Street.

- What's your most evocative childhood memory?

Family walks on Hampstead Heath.

- What's your most irritating habit?

Too many to list.

- What belief do you hold most strongly?

Treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself.

- What's on your iPod most-played list?

It broke a few years back and I have never got round to replacing it.

- What do you wear in bed?

Monogrammed meerkat pyjamas.