Name: David Webster
Company:The Hanley Economic
Job title: Chief executive
Where do you live?
Checkley in Staffordshire
I have a wonderful job leading a medium-sized local building society through a period of substantial change in a dynamic market. The Hanley is a respected business with its roots in Staffordshire. Our aim is to be widely regarded as a genuinely customer-centred provider of mortgage and financial services solutions. My role is to provide leadership in turning our plans into results by providing the environment in which our people can make things happen.
What was your first job?
My first summer job was as a waiter in a local hotel in East Kilbride where I grew up. There then followed a succession of jobs in my student days from letter-sorting at the Post Office to being a turnstile operator at Partick Thistle football club.
What was your last job?
Before joining The Hanley in January 2002 I was regional director for Bradford and Bingley, based in Manchester. I spent 12 years at B&B and learned a great deal from the people there.
What have you done in between?
I worked in the electricity supply industry and in the housing association sector prior to joining B&B in 1989.
What has been the defining point of your career to date?
Being appointed to my current chief exec role, because it has enabled me to put my ideas and methods into practice with full personal accountability.
And the most embarrassing?
It's hard to select one as I'm constantly blushing at my own shortcomings but my most public shame was during a brief spell as a stand-in cashier when I set off the panic alarm by removing the security note from its sensor and stared in paralysed horror as three police cars screeched up to the front door.
Do you have a mortgage?
Oh yes – a Hanley mortgage on a Staffordshire farmhouse.
What's your favourite restaurant?
Rick Stein's place in Padstow.
What's the most you have spent on dinner for two?
On a trip to Monte Carlo a couple of years ago I remember spending about £200 on a meal for myself and my wife Michelle.
What's your favourite band?
I have eclectic tastes, from Bowie to Aretha Franklin and Clapton to Miles Davis but if I had to select a band that had impacted my musical taste more then any other I'd choose Led Zeppelin.
What's your favourite tipple?
I'm not much of a drinker. I enjoy a good Sancerre and the occasional malt whiskey.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
Golf (handicap 16 and stagnating) and the cinema. I ramble on about my DVD collection, favourite films and movie scripts for hours. I'm also a keen reader of fiction, particularly Harlan Coben and Graham Greene. I can think of no finer personal achievement than writing a best-selling novel that is then made into a great Hollywood movie.