Name: John Goodfellow
Job title: Chief executive
Where do you live? Skipton, North Yorkshire
Describe your Current Job:
As well as being chief executive of Skipton, I also head the Skipton Group, which currently consists of 14 subsidiaries including Homeloan Management, Amber Homelans, Pink and Connells estate agency group. My objective is to grow both the society and its diverse subsidiary companies so that we punch above our weight in the markets we consider core – retail, servicing, housing and advice.
What was your first job?
I started my career as a branch assistant for The Burnley. In those days, potential borrowers had to wait three months for a mortgage. Prior to that, I had summer jobs including spring cleaning the Playtex factory, unloading oil tankers and shot blasting the inside of oil tanks.
What was your last job?
Before becoming chief executive of Skipton I was general manager (administration) for the society, responsible for all IT and head office user departments.
What have you done in between?
I have only had two employers in my life and no job interviews. After starting at The Burnley, I progressed through the IT division to end up as head of IT (by which time it had merged with National & Provincial). I joined Skipton in 1984 as an assistant general manager, working through general manager level to where I am now.
What has been the defining point of your career?
I have worked for three good bosses and one bad one. The three I admired had vision, enthusiasm and a desire to succeed.
And the most embarrassing?
Nothing specific springs to mind but my poor memory for names has led to some interesting conversations while I try to work out who I'm speaking to.
Do you have a mortgage?
Yes, a Skipton SVR mortgage – one of the lowest on the market.
What's your favourite restaurant?
A perennial favourite is Langan's Brasserie in London because of its catholic range of food and the constant hubbub and atmosphere that seems to go along with a good restaurant.
What's the most you have spent on dinner for two?
I doesn't sound too bad at £150, but bearing in mind that was back in 1982, it was actually pretty expensive – though I have to say it was definitely worth it.
What's your favourite band?
The Humblebums – Billy Connolly's group which also included Gerry Rafferty. They are from my home area in Partick and I've seen them all over the place. On a particularly memorable occasion they once performed as the support act for the great Joan Baez.
What's your favourite tipple?
Good red wine and a nice cool gin and tonic (but not necessarily at the same time).
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
All sports, my two children, people and smoking fags!