CurriculumVitae: David Thompson

\"My first job was playing Bob the Builder\"

Name: David Thompson
Age: 51
Company: Trigold
Job title: Sales director

Where do you live?
Lichfield, Staffordshire

Describe your current job:
I am responsible for the firm’s relationships with brokers, packagers and lenders. I also manage our dealings with insurers and conveyancers.

What were your first and last jobs?
My first job was playing Bob the Builder, labouring for six weeks during the school holidays – a great experience. Before joining Trigold I was head of intermediary sales at NatWest Mortgage Services.

What have you done in between?
I worked at NatWest for 25 years, initially for its retail banking arm in Manchester. I then moved to NatWest Mortgage Services in Birmingham. I also spent 18 months on secondment as a director of the Mortgage Code Register of Intermediaries, setting up its Mortgage Code.

How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?
I had few aspirations in my early working life. I was too interested in playing rugby.

But as my duties became more interesting it struck me I could make a career if I worked hard.

I have carried this philosophy through-out my career – work hard, play hard.

What has been the defining point of your career and why?
Leaving NatWest when I realised there were plenty of opportunities elsewhere.

And the most embarrassing?
I was managing 55 women while working in NatWest’s accounting department in Manchester when I split my trousers. I tried to stay seated all day to cover up but it didn’t work.

What work ambition wouldyou like to achieve by retirement?
To continue to build a profitable business at Trigold.

How many mortgage payments do you have left?
Not too many.

What’s your Favourite holiday destination?
The Caribbean island of Barbados. It has lovely people, fantastic beaches and is a great place to chill out.

What would you take to a desert island and why?
My wife – I need someone to do the cooking.

Who is your secret celebrity crush?
Keira Knightley

What’s your mobile ringtone?
The standard BlackBerry ringtone – you can’t miss it. The only problem is that everyone seems to have the same one and we all search our pockets at the same time when someone’s phone rings.

What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?
A stereo – I’m not really into gadgets.

What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Golf. Trying to hit that little stationary ball – it can’t be too difficult, can it? You bet. What a frustrating game.