Name: Jon KingAge: 43 Company: Hodge Equity Release. Job title: Managing director. Where do you live? Cardiff. Describe your current job: I am responsible for the operation of the firm and ensure I remain close to our sales team which develops relationships with financial advisers. What was your first job? I have fond memories of working on my uncle’s farm during busy times such as lambing, hay-making and milking. There was no pay but the home-made food was exceptional. What was your last job? General manager at Hinton and Wild which specialises in the provision of advice on equity release. This was a great experience, particularly in respect of my present position, as it provided me with an insight into the needs of financial advisers and their clients. What have you done in between? Over the years I have worked for several insurance companies in positions whereby I provided assistance to financial advisers. These firms included National Mutual Life, Clerical Medical and Pearl Assurance. Looking back, all the companies I worked for provided me with experiences that contributed to developing the skills I need to do my present job. What has been the defining point of your career to date? In my early days with Clerical Medical I was mentored by one of the most influential managers I have ever worked with. Some 20 years later, I still make use of the advice he gave me every day. And the most embarrassing? I was presenting a film to a group of IFAs on the financial impact of an early death on a family. Unbeknown to me somebody had switched the tape prior to my presentation for one of somewhat dubious content, which was pretty embarrassing. I’ll leave the details to your imagination. Do you have a mortgage? Yes. A senior executive once said to me: “Your problem is that you don’t have a big enough mortgage.” He was trying to convince me that the larger my mortgage was, the harder I would work. I have found there is some truth in that. What’s your favourite restaurant? The Enterprise in Chelsea. Excellent atmosphere and food despite the disappointing lack of pictures of Mr Spock or Captain Kirk. What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two? I remember spending 170 in 1987 – those were the days. It was entertaining IFAs in a restaurant called The Boathouse in deepest North Wales. What’s your favourite band? Too many to mention but if I was going to be stranded on a desert island, I would take JJ Cale’s Naturally. I am also a fan of Henry Badowski. What’s your favourite tipple? Real ale and a fine single malt whisky, although preferably not at the same time. Do you have any hobbies and interests? I enjoy hill-walking, preferably with a pint or two of real ale waiting for me in a quiet pub at the end of my journey. Travel is also a big part of my life and my favourite destination is Greece.
I enjoy hill-walking, preferably with real ale waiting fir me at the end of the journey