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CurriculumVitae – Peter Griffiths

Name: Peter Griffiths

Age: 46

Company: The Principality

Job title: Chief executive

Where do you live?

Penarth on the outskirts of Cardiff. I have lived all-round the UK having worked in the Midlands, London and South Wales during a 25-year career, but was born and bred in west Wales.

Describe your Current Job:

My job is akin to a music hall act – a man keeping many plates spinning on sticks at the same time. The art is to keep them spinning and not allow them to fall off. This means focussing on both the big issues and the details. The plates come in various shapes and sizes including business performance, business development, dealing with regulatory demands and leadership of the society.

What was your first job?

I was a fruit and veg delivery boy when I was 13. And from the age of 15 I took on a further seasonal job calling bingo at a holiday camp in Tenby. My first full-time job was as an office junior at NatWest, a company I joined in 1977.

What was your last job?

Chief operating officer in a niche management consultancy that advised on strategic sourcing solutions for IT and business process outsourcing.

What have you done in between?

I have a commercial lending and corporate finance background with extensive exposure to IT and other general management disciplines. I have led teams in several businesses, predominantly within NatWest Group.

What has been the defining point of your career?

The most important thing was finding an early mentor when I was working in the Midlands. The person concerned passed away many years ago but his support has been a lasting legacy.

And the most embarrassing?

See next question.

Do you have a mortgage?

I currently have a mortgage with The Principality and the most embarrassing thing for me to do right now would be to have a mortgage elsewhere.

What&#39s your favourite restaurant?

A Welsh/French restaurant in Cardiff called Le Gallois.

What&#39s the most you have spent on dinner for two?

I prefer not to reveal the most I have ever spent on a dinner for two, being from West Wales where we are known for our prudence.

What&#39s your favourite band?

My current favourite band is Snow Patrol but I have wide- ranging tastes that are more modern than classical.

What&#39s your favourite tipple?

Having a strict Welsh Presbyterian background (that&#39s not really true) I am not a big drinker but I do enjoy the odd glass of cold Stella or Grolsch, though never before nine in the morning.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

My interests are centred on my family. I have three girls and a boy whose ages range from nine to 16. I enjoy holidaying abroad and this year decided to take up skiing – which proves you are never too old to take on a new challenge.


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