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CurriculumVitae: John Digman

“I planned to join the RAF but ended up training as an accountant”

Name: John Digman
Age: 50
Company: The Negotiator
Job title:Head of Newcastle Equity Release Services

Where do you live?
Newcastle

Describe your current job:
My role involves expanding our equity release service in our branch network as well as via our business-to-business partners. what were your first and last jobs?

What were your first and last jobs?
My first job was on my uncle’s mushroom farm. This often involved watering 20 tons of horse manure. I started working there at weekends when I was 14 and stayed until I finished college. My first professional job was as a trainee accountant. Prior to joining Newcastle I worked at Wesleyan Medical Sickness as sales development manager.

What have you done in between?
I worked with Standard Life in various roles, helping to launch its wealth management division. My last role at the company was as regional investors manager covering the north of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and London. I have also worked for Zurich and Legal & General.

How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?
As a young man I planned to join the RAF but ended up training as an accountant before moving into financial services.

What has been the defining point of your career and why?
The thing that defines my career is my father’s advice to give 100% to any task I undertake. He said if I did this I would always be able to hold my head high.

And the most embarrassing?
It was so traumatic I’ve blanked it from my memory.

What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
Retirement? What’s that?

How many mortgage payments do you have left?
With children of five and 10, far too many.

What’s your Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in the winter where there’s snow so the family can ski together.

What would you take to a desert island and why?
My iPod – the world always seems a better place when it’s filled with music.

Who is your secret celebrity crush?
The standard Nokia one – I don’t know how to change it.

What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?
About 20 years ago I paid £500 for the latest all-singing all-dancing CD player and it still hurts.

What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
I spent six months studying conversational German and have never used it.

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