We’ve built our system so that it may also be deployed by lenders to enable them to offer brokers
and consumers an online trading platform, allowing them to submit enquiries, review the options available and apply online. My responsibility is to ensure that the software is built in a timely manner and is robust, scaleable, fast and reliable.
Describe your first and last jobs My first job was assistant development manager at Zurich, although it was known as Eagle Star back then. I was responsible for global PC development and pioneered the use of Microsoft technologies in the organisation. At my last job I was chief technical officer at Utilyx. I joined the firm during a time of crisis as an interim CTO. The company had expanded rapidly and its bespoke technology, infrastructure and teams were struggling to keep up. I took the system from around 60% reliability to over 98%.
What have you done in between?
I started Evaluate Technologies.
How do your jobs to date compare with your career aspirations when you were younger?
They are pretty much in line with my ambitions. I was given my first computer when I was 11, sold my first commercial system at the age of 13 and continued from there.
What has been the defining point of your career to date and why?
It’s hard to pick a single point but being offered the role of development manager at Royal Skandia when I was 25 and working for Mike McCord, now chief information officer at Zurich, was a high point. He was a great mentor and set me in good stead for the future.
And the most embarrassing?
Again, it’s hard to pick one as there have been a few. Most involved too much alcohol and Christmas parties.
What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
To initiate Evaluate’s first public offering.
How many mortgage payments do you have left?
I’m sad to say I face a scary number.
Up close…Age: 38
Where do you live?
Chiswick, west London
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
My charming abode near Toulouse in the south of France.
What’s your tipple?
My personal favourites are a glass of Hennesy Paradis or a nice Chateau Petrus ’82.
What one thing would you take to a desert island and why?
My family. I am nothing without them.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Patsy Kensit – so, so wrong on a variety of levels.
What’s the most embarrassing album you own?
I have exquisite taste in music. None of it can be considered to be in the least embarrassing. As a hobby I produce music and DJ so I am admitting to absolutely nothing.
What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Rock climbing in Chamonix. I have a fear of heights.