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“I love scuba diving and skiing, neither of which I do enough of.”

Name: Simon Stephens

Age: 35

Company: Hometrack Data Systems.

Job title: Technical director.

Where do you live? London.

Describe your current job:

The job has changed dramatically since we started seven years ago with just three of us, and me as the sole techie. We now have an inhouse development team with responsibility for creating and maintaining the property applications we deliver to clients including mortgage and specialist lenders, brokers, government agencies and financial institutions.

What was your first job?

Having studied as a mechanical engineer I made a slight detour and became a sound engineer. This involved recording and producing various struggling bands.

What was your last job?

Before Hometrack I was a freelancer, building management workflow systems and providing broad-based IT consultation services to a variety of companies.

What have you done in between?

I spent a few years writing and producing music for adverts and television. I loved it but it was feast or famine and I became increasingly involved in my hobby until it became my career.

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

When we signed up the first top 10 mortgage lender to our automated valuation model three years ago. Everyone realised all the work we had put in had not been in vain. This has since paled into insignificance against all our other major clients, but it’s the first big one that you remember.

And the most embarrassing?

As a sound engineer I recorded over a second of a track we had spent all day getting down. There’s a brief moment when you’re the only person in the room who knows, and I won’t forget it.

Do you have a mortgage?

Yes, with Cheltenham & Gloucester.

Fun Stuff

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Either the Goring Hotel in Victoria, London (which boasts on its lunch menu 100 grams of Beluga caviar for no less than 300) or Pequeno Mundo in the Algarve, Portugal. This converted farmhouse can be forgiven for being at the end of a dirt track because of the amazing French food it offers at reasonable prices. It’s no surprise that it’s often referred to as the best kept dining secret in the area.

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

Around 350, most of which was on wine.

What’s your favourite band?

It changes all the time, but at the moment it’s Martin Gretch.

What’s your favourite tipple?

It’s hard to choose between a great Claret and a pint of bitter.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

I love scuba diving and skiing, neither of which I do enough of. I’m also a keen but conspicuously average golfer.


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