NAME: Brian Collinson
COMPANY: Trinity House Group
JOB TITLE: Chief executive
WHERE DO YOU LIVE? Mere, Wiltshire
DESCRIBE YOUR JOB:
It is my responsibility to co-ordinate the Trinity House Group, a financial marketing and support services co-operative, and to be the public face of our expanding group of full service IFA companies. THG is aimed at small to medium-sized intermediaries who wish to enjoy the benefits of being part of a large company whilst still retaining their independence and identity. It is my job to ensure that we stay focussed on these aims.
Research suggests that half of all intermediary business owners do not have the back office IT and support systems needed to meet the challenges of reduced margins and compliance responsibilities. This means that we need to make intermediaries aware that there is now a solution available.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
An apprentice at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (Farnborough). It was too reminiscent of my school days so I left to become an accountant.
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST JOB?
I was the national sales manager of a large contract stationery company selling office products.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN BETWEEN?
I spent most of my working life at the manufacturing end of the office products industry, selling to retail establishments. I worked my way up from sales representative to sales manager. However, I have spent the past 10 years in the financial services industry. This has been by far the most interesting and rewarding part of my career.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE DEFINING POINT OF YOUR CAREER?
It was actively working towards the launch of Trinity House Group. I intend to continue to work to grow and expand our co-operative and watch it evolve. We aim to attract individuals and firms from all areas of the financial services sector. The founders share a common desire to pool their knowledge and experience for the benefit of members. AND THE MOST EMBARRASSING? The one moment that springs to mind was when I went on a South Coast cricket tour. I turned up without my cricket whites. Fortunately others had come with spares, which was a lifesaver.
DO YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE?
Yes, a large one.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?
I do not have a particular favourite although when I'm in London I enjoy lunch at J Sheekey in St Martin's Court which does some excellent seafood dishes. I'm particularly fond of the seafood stew, a great winter dish. A little closer to home is Bishopstrow House in Warminster, a lovely hotel with a splendid conservatory dining room. Warminster is also home to Agra, a good value Indian restaurant that is popular with the locals and well worth a visit if you're in the area.
WHAT'S THE MOST YOU'VE EVER SPENT ON DINNER FOR TWO?
I can't remember. I tend to remember more the company, the surroundings and of course the food.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BAND?
This is a really difficult one as I follow a broad range of music ranging from heavy metal to orchestral to jazz. I must admit though I do play a lot of Dire Straits in the car, as I find this is a great way to unwind.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TIPPLE?
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS?
I really enjoy gardening and DIY. I also play a little golf and cricket.