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Curriculum Vitae – Roger Brown

“I support Oxford United – and there is no cure”

Name: Roger Brown

Age: Just scored a half century

Company: GMAC-RFC

Job title: Head of corporate accounts

Where do you live? Buckinghamshire

Describe your current job: I run a team of six field-based sales staff who look after GMAC-RFC’s major corporate relationships. I’m also involved with policy and strategic decisions that relate to sales strategy and planning. I report to Godfrey Blight, GMAC-RFC’s sales and marketing director.

What was your first job?
I did a paper round in High Wycombe for quite a bit longer than most people – five years. In fact, I started delivering the papers using a pushbike and ended up delivering them by car.

What was your last job?
My last role was as the southern regional sales manager for Private Label, which was later integrated into GMAC-RFC. I was with Private Label for five years.

What have you done in between?
My first real job was as a trainee manager with Nationwide in High Wycombe. I also had spells at the Chesham and Basingstoke offices. I went through its training scheme and it was a great place to learn about financial services. After that, in 1986 I joined HMC working for legends such as Brian Pitt.

What was the defining point of your career?
Unfortunately the sales and underwriting teams at HMC were made redundant in October 1995 but this gave me the chance to join the Private Label team and work with Stephen Knight and Godfrey Blight. Joining Private Label and being a part of its success is the high point so far.

And the most embarrassing?
A recent team building exercise saw myself and some of our senior management team dress up and perform YMCA. I found myself in a biker outfit, sporting a dubious handlebar moustache and singing and dancing in front of my colleagues. My attempt at singing was so bad the audience asked me to mime.

Do you have a mortgage?
Yes. It won’t go away.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Le Palais du Jardin in London. I’d recommend the sea bass.

What is the most you have spent on dinner for two?
I once spent 350 on dinner for my wife and myself in New York to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was at the revolving restaurant in Times Square which takes an hour to do a complete revolution of the city’s views. The setting was amazing. I can’t remember the food that well as we had one or two glasses of champagne, but it was a fantastic night.

What’s your favourite band?
I’m a rocker at heart and have a collection of 1970s music I enjoy, including Deep Purple and Status Quo.

What’s your favourite tipple?
A good G&T.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Sadly I am afflicted with a strange illness that has left me supporting Oxford United for the past 30 years and the doctors say there is no cure. But it provides a good topic of conversation for footie fans.


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