Name: Nigel IngramAge: 42 Company: Preferred Job title: Director of operations Where do you live? Mannings Heath, West Sussex Describe your current job? Co-director of Preferred along with Roger Taylor who looks after sales and marketing. We design and implementing business strategy, with my area of control being new business operation. What was your first job? Working for a company specialising in incentives and motivation. In those days their main product was Bonus Bond, a bit like Green Shield stamps. Luckily motivational techniques have come a long way since then. What was your last job? As an independent interim I worked with Portman in Bournemouth, supporting the directors in their integration programme with The Staffordshire. What have you done in between? Having served what I’d call an apprenticeship in NatWest Technology – where I once got asked: “Why do you want to visit a branch and understand the business?” – I went through a period with PA Consulting and KPMG Consulting that included a role in the RBS / NatWest integration. I also spent a couple of years with the MasterCard Group, playing with smart cards. What has been the defining point of your career to date? There has not been one, rather I have had a number of great opportunities. It helps to have a great team, which we have at Preferred, but for me, teamwork begins at home with a good support system, so a defining moment for me was meeting my wife. And the most embarrassing? While introducing Francois Pienaar, captain of the South African rugby team that won the World Cup, I said he was the only man to have held the Webb Ellis trophy in one hand with the other wrapped round Nelson Mandela, only for him to tell me I hadn’t turned the microphone on. He said it was the best introduction he’d ever had. Shame not everybody heard it! Do you have a mortgage? Sadly, yes. What’s your favourite restaurant? Les Deux Garcons in Horsham. Luckily Gordon Ramsay hasn’t been anywhere near it. What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two? We spent 200 in the fantastic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai – and we didn’t even get round to having any food. It’s a cocktail bar and restaurant combined, and we ran out of time to eat. What’s your favourite band? I don’t have enough hair to follow a band these days, but I saw Sting perform last year at the Royal Albert Hall and he rates as one of my all-time favourites. What’s your favourite tipple? It has to be Jack Daniels and Diet Coke. Do you have any hobbies and interests? My recreational interests fall broadly into the category of sport, but the only two I get actively involved in are golf and skiing.
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