Name: Richard Davis
Age: Too close to 40.
Company: Money Partners.
Job title: IT director.
Where do you live? St Albans.
Describe your current job:
My role involves the usual portfolio of financial services’ IT management duties including business analysis, software development, IP operations, management information, IT governance and business continuity planning. My priority over the past 12 months has been to define and deliver on our e-commerce and software strategy.
What was your first job?
Paper boy followed by farm hand, burger chef then bouncer. My first serious job was as an accountant. The most interesting thing about it was the software used by the firm I worked for. This persuaded me that a career in IT was enticing. Some people think I’m quite sad.
What was your last job?
Chief information officer at GE Home Lending.
What have you done in between?
After a spell in network sales, I retrained and took various IT management roles. The company I joined, igroup, was acquired no fewer than four times, ultimately by GE. This exposed me to a range of business experiences from acquiring brokerages to building bespoke mortgage processing systems.
What has been the defining point of your career to date?
In the early days at igroup we launched an innovative web portal for brokers. It achieved the first five-star rating in Mortgage Strategy‘s definitive review of industry websites. This changed my profile from back office geek to someone who could actually affect our broker service proposition. I even got invited to golf days.
And the most embarrassing?
It involved a presentation to the head honcho at GE. Take it from me when I say he’s not that interested in IT. It was a case of ‘talk to the hand’.
Do you have a mortgage?
Yes. An interest-only flexible deal.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
I’m easily pleased and find that the company makes the difference, but if pushed for an answer I’d go for breakfast at the Savoy.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two? £120 – I’m quite tight.
What’s your favourite band?
The Black Eyed Peas.
What’s your favourite tipple?
Heartland Shiraz, an Australian red wine, or champagne. But I’m not fussy, especially if someone else is buying. I told you I was tight.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
I follow most sports but in particular I’ve always enjoyed running. This year I ran the London Marathon and then went into training for a mountain marathon. Unfortunately I wrecked my knees as a result and had to lay off the running over the summer. Because of this I’m piling on the pounds so I’m thinking about investing in a bike.