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“I enjoy dinner parties, sailing, gardening and visiting art galleries.”

Name: Sue Colquhoun

Age: 42

Company: Rooftop Mortgages.

Job title: Compliance director.

Where do you live? Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire.

Describe your current job:

Ensuring the business is compliant in my capacity as money laundering reporting officer, company secretary and a member of the senior management team.

What was your first job?

Office junior with a local solicitor. The first client I interviewed on my own was a butch scaffolder who wanted to change his name to a woman’s. When he returned to collect the deed he was sporting a floral dress and a pair of to-die-for sandals. This left me with an aversion to men’s feet.

What was your last job?

Compliance manager for Kensington Mortgages.

What have you done in between?

Short stints with the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Crown Prosecution Service and solicitors’ firms followed by a thoroughly enjoyable seven years with Mortgage Express in a variety of roles.

What has been the defining point of your career to date?

Being a finalist for an employee of the year award and realising that I’d proved that a traditionally back office function can add value.

And the most embarrassing?

Years ago I made the mistake of wearing too much body lotion and a pair of hold-ups. As I set out across Fleet Street with an eminent barrister after leaving court I realised I wasn’t going to make it across the zebra crossing without losing one of them. The inevitable happened so there was nothing for it but to put the bundle of papers I was holding on the bonnet of a car, whip off the offending hold-up that was now by my ankle and carry on walking. I’m not sure who was more embarrassed but my colleague said later that in all his years of advocacy he’d never been lost for words before.

Do you have a mortgage?

Yes, with the One Account.

What’s your favourite restaurant? 36 on the Quay in Emsworth where I had my wedding reception. We’re now regulars as the food, service and setting are unrivalled. But for my weekly curry fix I like the Malibu Club in Edgware where they serve true Indian food.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?

About 18 years ago I spent more than 160 in a Paris restaurant one new year’s eve. It was great but we didn’t appreciate being asked to pay a cloakroom fee at the end of the evening.

What’s your favourite band?

The Rogue Traders are on continuous play in my car but over the years my favourite is U2.

What’s your favourite tipple?

Vodka and tonic with lots of ice and a slice. Otherwise, anything but Chardonnay.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

I enjoy hosting dinner parties, sailing, gardening and visiting art galleries.


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