Curriculum Vitae – Martyn Bell

\"My tie got caught in the machine and nearly strangled me\"

Name: Martyn Bell

Age: 47

Company: Professional Mortgage Partnerships

Job Title: Head of network

Where do you live?
Burnley, Lancashire

Describe your current job:
My role is to establish Professional Mortgage Partnerships as one of the top mortgage networks in the UK. We have 250 appointed representatives and significant buying power to negotiate improved mortgage, general insurance and protection terms for our members.

Directly authorised intermediaries can register to access our lending and insurance panels free of charge and we also offer a service for introducers. The network can offer not only a direct-to-lender panel but also exclusive access to a packaged lender panel which includes branded lending facilities.

What was your first job?
I was a clerk with Halifax.

What was your last job?
Head of products at Skipton.

What have you done in between?
I was at the Halifax for 11 years and spent 15 years with Skipton – they were both good companies to work for.

what has been the defining point of your career?
Promotion to a head office role many years ago. As much as I enjoyed the branch role and contact with customers and intermediaries, I always wanted to work where the business decisions are made. It is important that there is a branch influence in head office to protect against the ivory tower syndrome which seems to afflict some lenders these days.

And the most embarrassing?
While at lunch with my first boss, I stopped to buy a newspaper from a vending machine. I put my money in, opened the door and grabbed the paper. Unfortunately, as I let go of the door my tie got caught in the machine and nearly strangled me. I was transferred to another branch within the month.

Do you have a mortgage?
More than one – buy-to-let has covered my endowment shortfall, and then some.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Doyles in Sydney for the view, Langan’s in London for the great atmosphere, and Steels Fish Restaurant in Cleethorpes for the best fish and chips.

What’s the most you have spent on dinner for two? £130.

What’s your favourite band?
My CD autochanger currently has Keane, Oasis, Queen and The Beatles. They wouldn’t be far off my top choices in each decade. The best live band had to be Queen – Freddie was the ultimate performer.

What’s your favourite tipple?
It has got to be a glass or two of Australian Shiraz.

Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I work out a couple of times a week and I play a bit of tennis. I also enjoy skiing whenever I can get away. I introduced my two sons to the joy of supporting Grimsby Town (my home town football club) and now, in a strange role reversal, they occasionally take me – kids can be so cruel.