Name: David Edwards
Company: Vertex Financial Services.
Job title: Managing director.
Where do you live? Cheltenham.
Describe your current job: I am responsible for ensuring that all of Vertex’s capabilities are used effectively to bring competitive advantage to our customers in the mortgage industry. I am able to bring together all the skills and experience from across the business to help lenders do things more quickly and more efficiently. Of course I try to ensure the company does this on a profitable basis.
What was your first job? I was an officer in the Royal Navy and had the pleasure of serving in a number of exciting places around the world, including Hong Kong before we handed it back to China.
What was your last job?I have been with Vertex FS – previously Marlborough Stirling – for 10 years. Before running the mortgage and lending business I headed all our international operations and also led the group’s developments in e-commerce. My life before Marlborough Stirling – I can vaguely remember a life before it – involved five years with Nationwide and five years at a consulting firm in the financial services industry.
What have you done in between? Slept mostly.
What has been the defining point of your career to date? Joining Marlborough Stirling when we employed only 150 people in Cheltenham and Frimley. Helping to build that firm into a FTSE 250 company which employs 2,500 people with offices in eight countries has given me an enormous sense of achievement.
And the most embarrassing? The one time I have been truly embarrassed was when I was a site engineer during the construction of the M42. An error I made in the design office years earlier resulted in two unsightly bridges being built serving as a constant reminder every time I drove past. Fortunately the A5 interchange was widened a couple of years ago and my blot on the landscape has now been obliterated so I can deny all knowledge of it.
Do you have a mortgage?No.
What’s your favourite restaurant? Curry Corner is the restaurant that gets most of my custom. But restaurants I would most like to return to include Ripples Caf矡t the Sydney Olympic swimming pool from which the views are stunning, Quay 4 in Cape Town where the fish is superb and The Brew House in Whistler where, quite frankly, anything would taste good after a hard day’s skiing.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two? More than 400 at La Pergola restaurant in Rome – it has more than 50 types of water.
What’s your favourite band? Green Day, although my iPod is on permanent shuffle mode.
What’s your favourite tipple? Goff’s Jouster, a bitter brewed locally in Winchcombe.
Do you have any hobbies and interests? I play water polo although my team has been trying to persuade me to retire for a few years. I also help coach and referee my elder son’s mini-rugby team.