NAME: Jeremy Duncombe
JOB TITLE: Head of sales
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Leeds (don't 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
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't 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've 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't know who it was but if you're
reading this, thank you.
AND THE MOST EMBARRASSING?
Where's 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't 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'm back to blending in again.
DO YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE?
Yes. I'm a rate tart - my lender hasn't made any money out of me for three years.
WHAT'S 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'S THE MOST YOU'VE EVER SPENT ON DINNER FOR TWO?
£400 on the chef's table at Gordon Ramsay's 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
WHAT'S 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'S 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' books are