CurriculumVitae: Peter Curran

\"You control your own destiny\"

Name: Peter Curran
Age: 41
Company: Bank of Scotland Mortgages
Job title: Head of group sales and marketing

Where do you live?
Wokingham, Berkshire

Describe your current job:
I’m responsible for the Bank of Scotland mortgage brand as part of the HBOS five-brand distribution strategy.

What were your first and last jobs?
My first job was working as a board marker for Ladbrokes in Govan. I had to write the odds for horse racing on boards. This was in the days before the internet, of course. My last job was as head of BoS Investment Service, which specialises in providing pension and investment products to a wide range of clients.

What have you done in between?
I spent four years at KPMG and then sold invoice discounting for a firm called Kellock. It was acquired by Capital Bank, which is owned by BoS. Over the past 15 years I’ve held various roles in HBOS.

How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?
Like most boys growing up in Scotland, I wanted to become a professional footballer. I didn’t quite make it but enjoyed every minute trying.

What has been the defining point of your career and why? Seeing American motivational speaker Larry Winget, the self-proclaimed pitbull of personal development. He made me realise that your career and life are your own responsibility. You control your own destiny.

And the most embarrassing?
I once drank too much Macallan single malt scotch at a Burns Supper and lost the following 24 hours of my life. I still haven’t managed to piece the missing time together.

What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
I’d like to play a part in sustaining HBOS’ mortgage business.

How many mortgage payments do you have left?
About 120.

What’s your Favourite holiday destination?
Algarve and Barbados.

What would you take to a desert island and why?
My TV and Sky+ box. Enough said.

Who is your secret celebrity crush?
Scarlett Johansson

What’s your mobile ringtone?
The standard Nokia one.

What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?
I bought an LCD TV when they first came out and it cost me a fortune. A few months later I saw the same model in a shop for half the price. I wasn’t happy.

What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Trying to escape from a sinking ship simulator aboard HMS Bristol as part of a team-building day. We had to plug holes underwater before the water submerged us. We were in the drink for 45 minutes and the water was freezing. It was a fantastic experience but not one I’d recommend.