Name: David Shortt
Age: I’ll admit to owning a senior citizens’ railcard
Company: Goldsmith Williams Solicitors.
Job title: Corporate services director.
Where do you live? Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Describe your current job:
It’s the greatest job in the world and is best described as an ambassadorial role. My primary function is key account negotiation to secure volume conveyancing distribution across the corporate market. The only downside is occasionally being let down by the national train network when I am attempting to travel round the country.
What was your first job?
I was in the Royal Air Force from 1961 to 1965. I had romantic notions of being a pilot but Her Majesty had other ideas – I think she was afraid that I might bend her nice aircraft. At 6ft 5in tall, if I’d had to eject I would have left my legs behind – and another Douglas Bader [the double amputee war hero] was just what they did not need.
What was your last job?
I was one of four founder directors of The Mortgage Operation during what was the most exciting decade of my life.
What have you done in between?
I worked for six years in office equipment sales, followed by three years in insurance. After that I joined a life assurance company and stayed in that industry for 19 years.
What has been the defining point of your career to date?
Helping to build TMO from four people into a team originating more than 1,500 applications per month.
And the most embarrassing?
One classic has to be suggesting that Gower [the professor appointed by the Labour government in the late 1970s to review financial product sales techniques] had it wrong and the Financial Services Act would never happen.
Do you have a mortgage?
What’s your favourite restaurant?
For years it was Windows of the World in the Hilton on Park Lane, London but the recent refurbishment has ruined it. Now it’s a choice between Locanda Locatelli in London’s Seymour and Chef Peking in Harpenden.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?
A fifth anniversary dinner for TMO with Frank Butler at Wimbledon in 1998. I spent in the region of 200.
What’s your favourite band?
I’d hate to have to choose between Buddy Holly and The Crickets and The Beatles but if I had to, The Beatles would win.
What’s your favourite tipple?
Italian wine, especially Gavi di Gavi.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
I’m a golf nut and play regularly at my beloved Woburn. There are three courses in the grounds of Woburn Abbey. I also love cooking. Pasta and barbecues are my specialities.