Name: Andrew Montlake
Company: Cobalt Capital LLP
Job title: Partner
Where do you live? Highgate, north London
Describe current job: I am still principally a business writer, but I am also responsible for much of the marketing and lender liaison activities within the company. I also run one of the sales teams.
What was first job?
My first proper job was working in an advertising agency. Unfortunately it was at the height of the recession and so at that time the graduate training scheme involved starting off by working in the smoky post room, where I sorted and delivered the post.
What was last job?
I was a consultant at John Charcol, learning from many of the legends of the mortgage industry.
What have you done in-between?
After my experience in the post room at the ad agency, I was lucky enough to graduate to promotions where I spent much of my time dressed up as a Diet Coke can. I spent a lot of time surrounded by actors, musicians, and models. Apart from Diet Coke, I toured the country promoting everything from Sheridan’s Liqueur, which saw me dressed in top hat and tails, to Blockbuster, dressed up as a Blockbuster kid with a massive head. The latter experience involved me being punched and kicked by a surprising number of children.
What has been the defining point of your career?
Having the courage to leave John Charcol and join the legendary Drummond & Ingall at Cobalt Capital.
And the most embarrassing?
I hesitate to go into too much detail here but suffice it to say it involved a bar full of important introducers, some beige trousers and a dodgy stomach. It ended with me making a hurried excuse to leave and shuffling crablike out of the bar trying not to draw attention to myself. Unfortunately, it did not work and most people saw what had happened.
Do you have a mortgage?
Yes, I have two – one with C&G and one with TMW.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Signor Zilli’s in Soho has always been a popular haunt and there’s often the chance to chat to the great Aldo Zilli. I have a passion for Nobu and Zuma, and Yo Sushi is a weekend favourite.
What’s the most you have spent on dinner for two?
Who knows, but I like to eat out with Banco De Ingall – also known as my business partner Julian Ingall’s credit card – when entertaining introducers.
What’s your favourite band?
Marillion was my favourite in my youth but now I have an eclectic collection. John Martyn, Ben Folds, Franz Ferdinand and Goldfrapp are faves, although I still love a bit of AC/DC.
What’s your favourite tipple?
Jim Beam and Coke or a good bottle of Fleurie.
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I’m a mad Liverpool fan and I manage a low quality Sunday league team. I play the guitar and have been in various bands. I’m still waiting to be discovered although I’m more likely to be the next Des O’Connor than the next Robbie Williams now.