Check in with ...Duncan Goose
Raise a glass to Duncan Goose - the drinks entrepreneur whose ethical brand has raised over 19 million pounds for some of the world’s most water-deprived communities.
As British Airways celebrates those who make a positive impact on the world beyond Britain, the spotlight falls on marketing man turned ethical drinks tycoon, Duncan Goose. After witnessing devastation first-hand during Hurricane Mitch (the second-deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record) his company, One Drinks, now sends profits to fund vital water projects across the world. Here, the on-the-go entrepreneur dishes on a life of travel.
Which place most sticks out in your memory?
There are too many to choose from, but I’d say Canada, Chile and Australia for their sheer scale and comparative lack of population, Pakistan for its generosity, India for the dynamism and Iran for the sense of peace and stillness.
What has been your favourite travel experience?
In the late 90’s, I spent two years motorbiking around the world. It really opened my eyes to the warmth and generosity of people, and taught me that language is never a barrier to laughter and smiles.
Where is on your bucket list and why?
Flying into Barra - home of the world’s only beach airport. Antarctica, the Amazon, the great migration across the Serengeti and the Masai Mara are all up there, too. I blame David Attenborough for all the temptation!
“If want to escape the hustle and bustle of London, St Clement Danes off Aldwych is very special - go and you'll discover why.”
What is your go-to travel hack or packing tip?
Sarongs. Always. They have an infinite amounts of uses - clothing, towel, headscarf, bag, blanket - the list goes on. I was on a boat at the weekend and had one with me which made for an instant curtain.
Where are your favourite places in the UK?
My parents still live in North Norfolk and I love the beauty of that coastline. Also Loch Rannoch in Scotland; I used to ride a motorbike from London to Pitchlochry at the weekend just for the fun of it. Wales, too, can feel like a bit of a hidden secret.
“Taking a year or two out to travel will give you a unique perspective on what it means to be part of a global family.”
What does being British mean to you?
Being from Britain means being humble with a sense of humour. My wife is Italian and our two children, Mattie and Danny, definitely inherited my British sense of humour.
Where is your favourite London hangout?
Hawksmoor in Seven Dials has to be one of my favourite places. It's totally changed my view on steak. In fact, when I was in Norfolk last year, I went to my folks’ local butcher and asked for a certain cut. The butcher looked at me and asked if I'd been to Hawksmoor. It's like a secret only certain people know.
And for a spot of culture?
I love the V&A. It's such an amazing museum and probably a bit of an underrated attraction. Or, if want to escape the hustle and bustle of London, St Clement Danes off Aldwych is very special - go and you'll discover why.
What does it mean to be a BA100 hero?
It’s an accolade I don’t feel worthy of, but I am deeply honoured to be part of such an esteemed group of people. It's a really very special to have been selected.
What is your favourite memory of travelling with BA?
I was once bumped up to First (surely by accident, but I didn't challenge it!) on a flight from Johannesburg. I was amazed by the food, much to the amusement of the crew. Then, on recent flight, the gentleman next to me was struggling to breathe. I hit the call bell and was so impressed by how well the crew responded. Lastly, it’s such a gift for children to experience the cockpit and, despite all the security restrictions, and I’m thankful that BA crews still make it happen.
What one tip would you give the next generation?
You’ll be working your whole lifetime, so take a year or two out to experience the different cultures of the world. It will give you a unique perspective on what it means to be part of a global family.