The Ten Minute Interview

Lisa Barry helped found Stairlifts Scotland with her mother in 1996. The company focuses on domestic stairlifts, hoists, shower chairs and automatic toilets while sister company SSL Access provides vertical and platform lifts. Based in the east end of Glasgow, the business employs 26 people and has a turnover of £3m.

What five words would friends/colleagues use to describe you?

Demanding, bossy, frank, fair and compassionate.

If you could choose anyone, who would be your fantasy board members and why?

Mervyn King - if he can't spot economic trends, who can? Sir David Murray - he has always run a tight ship. Lorraine Kelly - she's a consummate communicator. And my mum - she founded the company and she's on the board in reality.

If you could choose anyone, who would be your fantasy dinner party guests and why?

George Clooney, George Clooney and George Clooney. I don't think I have to explain why.

What is your favourite way to unwind during time off?

Going to France and tasting the wine in the vineyards - particularly Epernay for the champagne. Next best is a good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the offie.

If you were in charge of Scotland, what would you change and why?

We don't need 32 local authorities. It's a waste of money and effort and it creates far too much duplication for a small country like ours.

What sport are you interested in/which sporting team do you follow?

Real Madrid. I saw them play Barcelona when Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo were in the team - it was like watching a ballet.

What was the first record you bought/first film you saw?

The first tape I bought was The Rubettes, my first film was The Aristocats and I went to see David Bowie and Big Country on successive nights - Stuart Adamson and Big Country were by far the best act.

What is your favourite memory from your schooldays?

I went to an all-girls school from the age of seven and had a ball. I spent all day talking to my friends and all night talking to the same people on the phone. It drove Dad nuts.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

There are so many. But I still cringe when I remember telling a boy that I fancied, and who was interested in classical music, that Johan Cruyff was a great composer.

Who would play you in the lm of your life?

My hairdresser says I look like a brunette Goldie Hawn. She's suitably kookie.

If you could choose your last meal on earth, what would it be?

I would depart happily after a meal by any one of the chefs at Crabshaak, No 16, Stravaigin in Gibson Street or Hotel du Vin.

What is your favourite karaoke song/party piece?

I can't sing. In fact people would pay me not to sing. But my mum always cracks up when I do my impression of Cannon and Ball's 'rock on Tommy'.

What is your favourite shop/clothing brand/ restaurant?

Hermes - it never dates and it's beautifully made. I like all the individual clothes shops in the west end of Glasgow.

What is your favourite part of/place in Scotland?

Eriskay - it's my retreat. The Queen takes her holidays there and on the other Scottish islands, and she has seen just about every country in the world. It probably takes longer to get there by car and ferry than it takes to get to America, but it's worth it. I also love the west end of Glasgow.