Curriculum Vitae – Jeremy Duncombe

NAME: Jeremy Duncombe

AGE: 34

COMPANY: Platform

JOB TITLE: Head of sales

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Leeds (don&#39t mention football), so I can tell you where every speed camera is on the A1 and

M11, as well as recite every train station on the GNER route because I make the journey to

Docklands so often.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB:

Following the merger of the sales forces of Platform and Verso, I have responsibility for

ensuring our sales team of 18 people achieve our targets with hard work, long hours and lots

of fun.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

Working in a supermarket whilst doing A levels. It supplemented my pocket money but I had a

manager who didn&#39t like me (the only one of my career I think). He tried to bully the student

workers and even sent me home one day for wearing too much gel in my hair.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST JOB?

Regional manager at Platform up North. I&#39ve been with the company almost six years so my

last three jobs have been with Platform.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN BETWEEN?

Work experience as a chef which convinced me I should stick to cooking for fun. I started

proper work at the Halifax, then as a broker for Legal & General, then business development

manager for Northern Rock and Bank of Ireland.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE DEFINING POINT OF YOUR CAREER?

Someone put a job advert in my tray at Northern Rock for the Bank of Ireland role. I went for

it and because of that I ended up at Platform. I still don&#39t know who it was but if you&#39re

reading this, thank you.

AND THE MOST EMBARRASSING?

Where&#39s that Mole? I still owe him one. In fact I owe him two. I got a new company car

about 18 months ago and it came with a really bad number plate. Mole got hold of this and I

spent the next couple of months promising people that I hadn&#39t chosen it myself. The most

embarrassing part was watching people point and laugh every time I drove past. Fortunately

the plate was changed and I&#39m back to blending in again.

DO YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE?

Yes. I&#39m a rate tart &#45 my lender hasn&#39t made any money out of me for three years.

WHAT&#39S YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?

Number 3 York Place (formerly Guellers) in Leeds. Fantastic food, a superb wine list and great

service from Denis, the co-owner.

WHAT&#39S THE MOST YOU&#39VE EVER SPENT ON DINNER FOR TWO?

£400 on the chef&#39s table at Gordon Ramsay&#39s at Claridges. Being in the kitchen meant you

saw everything that went on including the swearing. We even got a chance to join in making

the desserts. A fascinating experience. Guy Batchelor will be pleased to know it was not on

expenses.

WHAT&#39S YOUR FAVOURITE BAND?

Depends on occasion and mood, but usually singers with attitude like Alanis Morisette, The

Jam and Robbie Williams or quieter ones like David Gray, Travis and Suzanne Vega.

WHAT&#39S YOUR FAVOURITE TIPPLE?

Wine, champagne, gin and to anic, vodka, lager, bitter…

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS?

Football, golf, cricket, badminton, cooking and travel. I have retired from football and cricket

to gain family time but still play golf sporadically. I enjoy cooking and my family knows that

an easy present is a cookbook so my kitchen now resembles a library. Gary Rhodes&#39 books are

my favourites.