Name: Nick Hale
Company: Cheltenham & Gloucester
Job title: Sales and marketing director
Where do you live? Cirencester
Describe your current job: I have responsibility for all sales activity at C&G, mortgage product design and pricing, and mortgage lending through Lloyds TSB channels.
What was your first job?
I started as a clerk at Lloyds Bank, Plymouth. It was the most junior position in the branch. All my colleagues in the department were women, which to a former head boy of an all boys’ school was quite daunting.
What was your last job?
General manager of sales, where I was responsible for the sales function of the C&G branch network.
What have you done in between?
After Lloyds Bank – where I stayed for 10 years – I joined the Provincial and managed its branch in Plymouth for a short time before moving to its Cheltenham branch. In the mid-1980s C&G invited me to manage its Cheltenham branch operation, which I did before quickly being promoted to regional manager, looking after 45 branches. Within a few years I became assistant general manager of sales and then general manager of sales – my last job before being invited to join the C&G board as sales director.
What has been the defining point of your career?
Starting out at Lloyds Bank only to join C&G and to find myself back in the Lloyds fold again through its acquisition of C&G in 1995. What surprised me on a visit to the Lloyds TSB branch in Plymouth was that there were still faces I recognised. And they still had my personnel file at the branch.
And the most embarrassing?
I was having lunch with Sir Brian Pittman, chairman of Lloyds TSB, in C&G’s board dinning room when an uncooked vegetable refused to be speared by my fork and shot past Sir Brian’s left ear. Of course, being the perfect gentleman, he never mentioned it.
Do you have a mortgage? Yes.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Constantia Uitsig in Cape Town, South Africa.
What’s the most you have spent on a dinner for two?
Probably about 200 at Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall. It was worth every penny.
What’s your favourite band?
All time favourites are The Who and The Rolling Stones.
What’s your favourite tipple?
I have two from different parts of the world – a Delheim Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa and, closer to home, Camel Valley Champagne from Cornwall.
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I like gardening, the theatre, family activities and sport – both watching and playing. I like to play golf and enjoy watching it, as well as cricket and rugby. I recently returned from New Zealand where I watched the Lions tour. I’m also keen on horse racing, both as a spectator and as part owner of a couple of racehorses.