Name: Tim Anson
Company: Bradford & Bingley
Job title: Head of residential lending productswhere do you live? Harrogate
Describe your current job:
Developing and deliveringproduct strategy across our residential lending ranges and building on the relationships we have developed in the broker market.
What were your first and last jobs?
My first job was as a park ranger and I did exciting things like hedge laying. My last job was as head of standard mortgage products at Bradford & Bingley, with responsibility for our prime residential lending products.
What have you done in between?
I worked for HBOS for 11 years in various roles, ranging from call centre operations to managing new business for Halifax mortgages.
How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?
Not too well. I fancied being a golf professional until I realised I wasn’t any good at it.
What has been the defining point of your career and why?
Moving into the secured lending product team at HBOS. I’d been an account manager for the contact centre estate, so this wasn’t an obvious move. But I had the chance to work with some talented people in the mortgage market and since then I’ve become fascinated by it.
And the most embarrassing?
Too many to mention is not the best answer, but it’s the most accurate.
What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
I enjoy work too much to think about retirement. Having said that, when I come to reflect on my career I reckon I will sit back and think to myself, ‘I enjoyed that, but what’s next?’
How many mortgage payments do you have left?
What’s your Favourite holiday destination?
I’ve enjoyed the short breaks my other half and I have taken in New York without the family.
What would you take to a desert island and why?
My family. The opportunity to spend more time together would be great. Mind you, if it was a small island, they might decide it’s too much of a good thing.
Who is your secret celebrity crush?
That would have to be Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard.
What’s your mobile ringtone?
At the moment the theme tune from Bullseye – perhaps it’s some sub-conscious link to hitting lending targets.
What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?
I’ve recently developed a passion for cycling, so it would have to be my new bike.
What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Probably darts. I enjoy a good game, but I don’t think I’ve got the right build for the sport just yet.