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Curriculumvitae: Phil Whitehouse

Describe your current job To set and deliver the strategic direction for The Mortgage Alliance in terms of distributing a range of financial services products on behalf of suppliers to a database of 7,000 directly authorised mortgage brokers.

As with most firms operating in the mortgage market we are having to overcome a number of obstacles to help members write business. With this in mind it is my job to ensure we are constantly evolving and I am looking to form strong affiliations in various sectors so we can continue adding benefits to our proposition. One of my main aims for TMA this year is to bring us closer to our members so we can gauge how best to serve their needs.

Describe your first and last jobs My first job was as a trainee estimator in a large printing company. This involved pricing jobs and setting work schedules for printing machines.

My last job was as a senior manager at Pink Home Loans, where I was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with lenders and suppliers of products and services for the company’s appointed representatives and DA brokers.

What have you done in between?

I worked in the buying team of a large construction company and also spent 25 years with Halifax/Leeds Permanent running high street branches.

How do your jobs to date compare with your career aspirations when you were younger?

I always wanted a job in which I could make a difference and have some autonomy and variety, and my current role allows me to play to my strengths.

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

Leaving the retail branch management position at Halifax to join Pink and get involved in the intermediary market. This was at a time of rapid business growth and propositions had to change quickly to secure market share.

And the most embarrassing?

I once turned up at an industry function in an evening suit when everyone else was in business suits. I forget the amount of times I was asked to take orders for drinks.

What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?

To lift TMA up the league of distribution companies and simultaneously resolve the credit crunch.

How many mortgage payments do you have left?

Not many as I have lived in the same house for nearly 15 years. I got on the property ladder early in life.

Up close…

Age: Born in the 1950s

Where do you live?

Near Lichfield in Staffordshire

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Most European sunspots, especially if they are combined with decent golf courses.

What’s your tipple?

Vodka and tonic gets my vote but I can drink any alcoholic beverage if the occasion demands.

What one thing would you take to a desert island and why?

My sand iron to get in some golf practice.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Catherine Zeta-Jones as she seems to like older men.

What’s the most embarrassing album you own?

The Jesus Christ Superstar record currently residing in my loft.

What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?

Golf. No matter what I try I don’t seem to get any better at it, then I beat myself up like crazy over what is really a simple game.

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