Name: Graeme Winse
Job title: Chief executive officer
Where do you live?
Sandhurst in the Weald of Kent
My role with UKValuation started last summer. The challenge is divided into two areas – building the marketplace for automated valuation models in the UK mortgage market, and taking the lion's share of what is created. As a chartered surveyor I have been described as gamekeeper turned poacher in seeing the future in AVMs. It is clear that while the property professional retains a critical role in risk management and advice to lenders and customers alike, AVMs deliver instant lending decisions and save lenders millions of pounds on lower risk cases.
What was your first job?
A butcher's delivery boy at age 14. I was something akin to Arkwright's Granville– even the bike looked like something off the set of Open All Hours. It had a small wheel at the front, a big one at the back and 'Seymour's of Sanderstead' painted on the plate under the crossbar.
What was your last job?
Managing director of Ekins Surveyors, the valuation and survey business of Barclays and The Woolwich.
What have you done in between?
No such luck – I seem to have missed out on gardening leave.
What has been the defining point of your career to date?
Two things coincided. First, I spent three weeks at Cranfield University which opened my eyes to what the future held if I either stayed in the comfort zone or went for something more risky and dynamic. The opportunity at UKV came about at the same time. I had seen too many corporately-owned people with 'powerful' titles and no ability to change anything. I knew that was never going to satisfy me.
And the most embarrassing?
Taking the hotel TV remote into a PowerPoint presentation and trying to use it to work the projector.
Do you have a mortgage?
A Barclays' flexible OpenPlan two-year discount.
What's your favourite restaurant?
The Tower in a town called Fuiggi about an hour from Rome. I still dream about the wonderful chocolate pudding they do there.
What's the most you have spent on dinner for two?
A couple of bacon sandwiches when I met my wife Sally – and I'm still spending!
What's your favourite band?
The White Stripes for my in-car entertainment and Wynton Marsalis Blues for on-sofa lounging about.
What's your favourite tipple?
Hoppers Ale From the Rother Valley brewery which happens to be down the road from us. Our house is called Hoppers as well, strangely enough.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
In sport, I enjoy squash and fencing. I also have a rather nice Ducati motorbike that I like to ride on sunny Sundays (in addition to a Morris Minor van for getting rid of junk in). Other than that, incessant house renovation keeps me busy.