\"A relatively successful amateur career in footbball was curtailed by dodgy knees\"

Name: Will Ryan

Age: 43

Company: Southern Pacific Mortgage Limited.

Job title: Head of marketing.

Where do you live? Warwickshire.

Describe your current job:

I lead the marketing team which has contributed to us achieving a place in the top 20 UK mortgage lenders. I am responsible for the management and implementation of SPML’s integrated advertising and public relations strategy including management of external agency support relationships and the company’s brand image with relation to external audiences. I also line manage a team of five staff.

What was your first job?

I was a development officer in the Rural Warwickshire Agency overseeing government-funded community projects

What was your last job?

Senior consultant at Proteus PR which specialised in financial services and environmental communications. I managed teams delivering PR programmes for clients.

What have you done in between?

Various roles in marketing and PR agencies and consultancies including a top five PR consultancy now called Porter Novelli

What has been the defining point of your career to date?

Meeting John Prust, which eventually inspired me to move from consultancy to inhouse PR and marketing.

And the most embarrassing?

One Christmas at the PR consultancy, we enjoyed a lunch with generous amounts of wine and beer. On the coach back from the venue I thought it would be amusing to declare (loudly) to our somewhat balding managing director: “I bet I’ve got more hair on my backside that you’ve got on your head,” and then drop my trousers to prove it. There was a stunned silence before the MD congratulated me on my party spirit. Needless to say I had more hair on my head in those days.

Do you have a mortgage?


What’s your favourite restaurant?

The Rose and Crown in Warwick. It has a friendly atmosphere and great food. It seems to win loads of awards. My wife and I are regular visitors with friends and relations.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?

The equivalent of 250 at a restaurant in Sydney. I can’t remember the name but the view of the harbour and opera house was stunning.

What’s your favourite band?

Too many, but they include Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, the Smiths, Stone Roses, Radiohead, Paul Weller and the Arctic Monkeys.

What’s your favourite tipple?

Guinness Extra Cold

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

I follow most sports, particularly golf and football. A long and relatively successful amateur career in football was curtailed by dodgy knees. But I hope they will carry me 26 miles in the 2007 London Marathon.