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“My two daughters and I attend tae kwon do classes a few times a week.”

Name: Lee Carling

Age: 34

Company: Money Partners

Job title: Sales operations managerwhere do you live? Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire

Describe your current job:

I am responsible for the performance of our sales desk. I get involved in numerous projects at any one time, focussing on issues including underwriting criteria, processes, compliance and proc fee queries.

What were your first and last jobs?

As a schoolboy I did everything I could to earn a few bob, from washing cars to delivering newspapers. My last role was as team leader for Enterprise Homeloans.

What have you done in between?

From the age of 17 to 22, I worked on the markets in London and had a stall selling menswear. I then worked as a trainee underwriter for a vehicle finance company and ended up running my own vehicle leasing business. Since then I have worked for Central Trust, igroup and Enterprise, all in underwriting roles.

How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?

Until I left school I wanted to play football for Manchester United so there is little comparison. But I play for the Money Partners team, which recently trounced arch-rivals igroup and SPML.

What has been the defining point of your career and why?

Joining Money Partners. I finally feel I have a fulfilling job that I enjoy.

And the most embarrassing?

I was asked to say a few words at our Christmas party but it snowballed and I ended up doing a 45-minute spot as Elvis.

What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?

I want a villa in Portugal so anything I can do through work to make that a reality is fine by me.

How many mortgage payments do you have left?

So many that the end is not in sight.

What’s your Favourite holiday destination?

You can’t beat the Algarve for a great holiday.

What would you take to a desert island and why?

Ray Mears, as within minutes he would have built a nice house, installed running water, wired up a satellite dish and knocked up a barbeque.

Who is your secret celebrity crush?

Probably Patsy Kensit or Sienna Miller.

What’s your mobile ringtone?

Pick up the Pieces by The Average White Band.

What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?

I spent an obscene amount of money on a stereo system but I’m just about to buy a plasma TV which I’m sure will hurt my wallet even more.

What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?

My two daughters and I attend tae kwon do classes a few times a week. I suppose getting beaten up on a regular basis and enjoying it must make us a little crazy.


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