Name: Karen Butt
Company: Premier Network Group
Job title: Head of group sales and marketing
Where do you live?
Describe your current job:
I am the face of PNG and am always out promoting our organisation.
What were your first and last jobs?
My first job was a receptionist for IBM, based in Southbank, London. I had just finished my A-levels and the bright lights and big city atmosphere appealed to my 17 year old self. My last job before joining PNG was as a BDM at The Mortgage Times Group.
What have you done in between?
I went travelling and also worked in the South of France, the US, Japan and New Zealand.
On my return, I became a recruitment consultant for five years before moving into sales and marketing management for a further four years. After completing CeMAP, I joined Mortgage Times.
How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?
I’ve always been taller than average and wanted to become a model at one point. My second preference would have been acting, but my A-level drama teacher said I was too tall and would tower over my leading men.
What has been the defining point of your career and why?
Joining PNG and being handed the opportunity to make my own mark.
And the most embarrassing?
I wore a new pair of shoes to a mortgage conference recently. I had to visit the loo in the middle of it and my shoes squeaked as I walked through a quiet conference room. I didn’t dare look back to see how many brokers were sniggering at me.
What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
To be highly regarded and recognised in the industry.
How many mortgage payments do you have left?
Far too many to remember.
What’s your Favourite holiday destination?
Lagos in Portugal. It has the most amazing beach and it’s over three miles long – I walked it once.
What would you take to a desert island and why?
I would take a photograph of my loved ones. That way I wouldn’t feel deserted
Who is your secret celebrity crush?
Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard – sad, I know.
What’s your mobile ringtone?
It’s called Sweet jamming.
What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?
I’m not really a gadget person, but I did spend more than £1,000 on a shopping spree to Marbella earlier this year.
What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Para gliding. Going up was fine, it was just attempting to land on solid ground while maintaining my dignity and sangfroid in front of my then boyfriend and his mates.