Name: Andrew Dixon
Company: Bridgewater Equity Release.
Job title: Marketing and sales manager.
Where do you live? Newcastle upon Tyne.
Describe your current job:
I am responsible for overseeing all marketing and sales activities for Bridgewater. This includes regular evaluations of our products, literature and processes to ensure intermediaries and their customers get the best possible service. As we only accept business from authorised intermediaries a lot of my time is spent travelling around the country extolling the virtues of Bridgewater and home reversion plans.
What was your first job?
Apart from the ubiquitous paper round, I worked for North Tyneside Council during the summer after my A-levels. A friend from school had an uncle who was in a senior position there and got us jobs. My duties ranged from making the tea at the depot to picking up litter on Whitley Bay seafront. It was terrific on a glorious sunny summer’s day but not so great on a wet and windy North-East morning.
What was your last job? Equity release sales manager at Portman.
What have you done in between?
I have had various BDM and sales management roles with GRE, Scottish Amicable, PPP Lifetime Care, BUPA and GE Life.
What has been the defining point of your career to date?
Joining BUPA and meeting Colin Webb who was then head of sales at the company.
And the most embarrassing?
It was early in my career as an inspector with GRE. I had to go on a joint visit with one of the senior inspectors as part of my training and development. The meeting was arranged for early one morning but unfortunately I slept in and missed it. I’ve set two alarms every morning ever since.
Do you have a mortgage?
Unfortunately yes – and I’ve just increased it by moving house.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
At the moment it’s the New Bengal Tandoori restaurant in Gosforth. The takeaway food is as good as the restaurant.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?
That would have to be the meal when my partner persuaded me that we should buy our current house – but I’m not saying how much we spent.
What’s your favourite band?
Recent purchases include The Killers, Razorlight and Snow Patrol. But my favourites are New Order and U2.
What’s your favourite tipple?
I discovered Black Velvet at Christmas and it has gone straight to the top of my list. It’s a cocktail made by filling half a glass with Guinness and pouring in some champagne while tilting the glass. The trick is to create as little foam as possible.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
Having just moved house, DIY and decorating are all-consuming pastimes.