Describe your first and last jobs My first job was as a shipping administrator, dealing with the shipping of all machinery for oil companies, particularly in the Middle East. My last job was managing the customer service department for a major London mortgage brokerage.
What have you done in between?
I worked in the Ministry of Defence for several years and then for Nationwide chasing mortgage arrears for many years. I have also managed to find time to have two children and enjoy life a little.
How do your jobs to date compare with your career aspirations when you were younger?
While I’m not exactly the professional footballer that I aspired to be, I always had an aptitude for maths and a deep interest in the financial services industry, so I would suggest that my jobs have quite appropriately met most of my career aspirations. Although, even at the ripe old age of 38, I still haven’t given up on the football career.
What has been the defining point of your career to date and why?
Qualifying for the High Flyers Club – an industry awards body – for excellence in customer service was definitely the defining moment in my career. In your work life, you always strive for excellence, and it is particularly rewarding to have that recognised by an independent source. And I should probably say that another highlight of my career has, of course, been working with a brilliant group of experienced professionals at Mortgages for Business.
And the most embarrassing?
There have been a number of embarrassing occasions but the one that stands out is when I had a few too many beverages at a work event and enjoyed the festivities a little too much. This resulted in me falling off a boat into the water and being fished out in my soggy clothes by the managing director.
What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
To feel like I have made a difference and added value in every day of my working life. Great – that means I can retire soon.
How many mortgage payments do you have left?
Too many… far too many.
Where do you live?
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Dubai – it is the most amazing place I have been to and I would recommend it to anyone.
What’s your tipple?
Lager, lager, and more lager. Although I should also admit to liking a tipple of rosé wine.
What one thing would you take to a desert island and why?
My golf clubs. I can’t think of anything else that I would want to take. What else does a man need?
Who is your celebrity crush?
Girls Aloud – not the ginger one.
What’s the most embarrassing album you own?
Michael Bublé (good, but not very manly); Girls Aloud (but only because I fancy them); and the worst one would have to be Chas and Dave.
What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
It would have to be supporting Gillingham Football Club.