Separated at birth

What are the qualities that make a successful managing partner? Or an OBE-bagging business supremo steering a firm with national ambitions? Well, an affable and reassuring manner must be pretty high on the list.

A ready smile and keen mind are surely indispensable. However, a mildly eccentric brand of humour and individual dress sense are probably, at best, optional extras.

That aside, those are qualities that middle-aged bespectacled white bloke from the North, Jamie Martin OBE, surely shares with much-loved and sadly-missed Countdown frontman Richard Whiteley OBE (RIP).

Which must make Ward Hadaway partner Andrew Hoyle the Carol Vorderman to Martin’s Whiteley.