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CurriculumVitae: Clare Bettelley

“I’d like to cycle so fast Ipuncture a hole in reality”

Name: Clare Bettelley
Age: 33
Company: The Negotiator
Job title: Editor

Where do you live?
Surrey Quays

Describe your current job:
I’m the editor of The Negotiator, a fortnightly magazine for those who work for estate agents and try to sell the rug from under you.

What were your first and last jobs?
I started my career on Financial Adviser as a reporter before moving to its features desk. My last job before joining The Negotiator was associate editor of Mortgage Strategy.

What have you done in between?
I left FA to join Finance Week where I rose to the position of deputy editor. Things didn’t turn out exactly as I’d
hoped so I took on the role of features editor at MS and a metric ton of freelance work too. I’ve also cycled a lot but had a nasty scrape at the Imax roundabout by Waterloo Bridge, where I was winged by death’s winged chariot.

How does your career to date compare with your aspirations when you were younger?
When I was just a little girl I had feverish dreams about working in the mortgage market, so my work for MS was a dream made flesh. And if I can handle brokers, negotiators should be a piece of cake.

What has been the defining point of your career and why? Working with the mortgage god that mere mortals know only as Robyn Hall. He started his career on The Negotiator back in 1997 when Tony Blair symbolised the hope of a nation so the circle is complete.

And the most embarrassing?
Probably all of the above.

What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
I’d like to cycle so fast I puncture a hole in reality.

How many mortgage payments do you have left?
Lots and lots.

What’s your Favourite holiday destination?
Apart from Dublin, I’d have to say the Manchester Velodrome. I love cycling and could spend hours there going round and round.

What would you take to a desert island and why?
My bike, of course. I also make a mean Irish coffee so the ingredients needed for that too.

Who is your secret celebrity crush?
Sexy Max Mosley

What’s your mobile ringtone?
Queen classic Bicycle Race.

What’s the most expensive gadget you’ve ever bought?
I’m not a gadget person but I did spend a lot on my bike and a dashing helmet and flash jacket combination. It’s to die for.

What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
That has to be sky-diving. The rush was amazing. It was only a tandem jump strapped to a big hunky guy but I’m hoping next time I might be able to jump with my bike.

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