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Curriculum Vitae – John Webster

“I’m a West Ham supporter, an awful golfer and an ardent reader”

Name: John Webster

Age: 50

Company: Preferred

Job title: Joint managing director

Where do you live? Reigate, Surrey

Describe your current job: George Patellis and I act as joint managing directors.We share much of the load in terms ofbusiness control, leadership, planning and the design and implementation of business strategy.I have directresponsibilityfor the business development function including sales, marketing and product development.

What was your first job?
Solicitor’s clerk for a firm in the West End of London.On my first day Iwas given50 worth of law booksby the firm which I left on the train on the way home.

What was your last job?
Head of salesand marketingat London & European Title Insurance.At L&E I became involved in management of the Preferredaccount. Imust have been doing something right because the then managing director of Preferred approached me about arole and I’ve been here ever since.

What have you done in between?
Since leaving the legal profession in the mid-1970s, I’ve mostly worked in the financial services industry.I’ve worked either forlenders – finance companies as well as mortgage lenders – or for companies that provide services to lenders, such as marketing and insurance.

What was the defining point of your career?
When I was appointed to the board of Bank of Ireland Mortgages in the late 1980s.As a director I learnthow to run a businessas a wholerather than just a section.

And the most embarrassing?
I once fellbackwards off a stagein full view of the audience as I was about to make a presentation ata mortgage conference.The audience were still laughing when I finally stood up and made it to the lectern.And no, I hadn’t touched a drop.

Do you have a mortgage?
Doesn’t everybody?

What’s your favourite restaurant?
I’ve been luckyenough to eat in several great restaurants around the world butI don’t really have a favourite. My local Indian restaurant is good and it delivers to the door, though the delivery man is scared of our dog so strictly he usually delivers to 10 yards away from the house and we collect it from there.

What is the most you have spent on dinner for two?
I can’t remember butI suspectthe vast majority of the bill wasnot for food.

What’s your favourite band?
Currently itis Coldplay but next week, who knows?

What’s your favourite tipple?
I like a lot of different types of alcohol, but am particularly partial to Guinness and red wine.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I’m a West Ham supporter,an awful golferand an ardent reader. I’m currently reading The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and Over to you Aggers,the autobiography of cricket commentator, Jonathan Agnew.

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