Hi Matthew, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?
Where do I start? My day to day responsibility is to ensure the smooth running and operation of Newell Palmer’s Nuneaton branch. I am responsible for the profitability, direction and general full operation of the company. As you can imagine, this involves many different aspects and areas of responsibility, not just as Managing Director of a trading company, but also a financial services regulated company. I work very closely with my fellow board members in Wolverhampton and Bromsgrove and I am also responsible for on-going advice and support to my own client portfolio (although this is the enjoyable part of the job!).
How long have you been with the company? How did you get started?
In January it will be my 20th year at NP, although I started in financial services back in 1993 as a 23 year old with (then) GA Life. This was part of the second major ‘wave’ of financial services recruitment in the early 90’s..
When you were a child, what job did you want to do?
I’m not sure to be honest, probably a footballer. I’m from a footballing family and as a child playing football was the biggest part of my life. I played for various clubs and even played in Italy for a short while when I was 13.
Work in silence or with music, background chatter and noise?
What’s been your greatest moment working here so far?
Very difficult to say,…… probably growing a beard and having it accepted by staff, clients and fellow board members..! Although I’m still not sure it’s fully accepted..!
Great! What’s your drink of choice while you’re working?
Water and/or peppermint tea
And when you’re not working?
Craft beers and/or Whiskey
Nice. Name the best place you’ve ever visited.
It’s difficult to say. I love city’s, especially London and Paris, but I also love Cornwall and spend quite a lot of time down there.
And how about the place that’s currently top of your ‘to visit’ list?
India and Japan
If you have the choice between staying in and going out, which do you normally choose and what do you normally do?
If you’d have asked me that in my twenties and thirties I would have said with conviction going out, but now I prefer to stay in. I have three children, two teenagers and one young adult, therefore my home is never a dull place and certainly keeps me entertained and busy.
What’s the one talent you have that people in your office are unaware of?
I couldn’t possibly mention that in public.
What would your ‘Desert Island’ disc, film and book be?
It’s almost impossible for me to say. I’m a musician and therefore I have a deep love for all things musical and I really couldn’t pin down one piece of work. In terms of films and books it’s very much the same. I am a big reader and film lover and the best book and film is usually the book or film I’m reading/watching at the time. For instance, I’m currently reading Salem’s Lot and Evil Cradling (which is a biography) so at the moment these are my favorites.
Do you prepare well in advance or are you a ‘last minute’ person?
A bit of both. It depends on what I’m involved in. Generally I like to plan mentally but not over plan. I like to keep things fresh and react to the moment.
Who’d play you in the film of your life?
It would have to be Rik Mayall
DIY or call an expert?
Call an expert
If you had to compete at the Olympics, in any event, real or fake, what would you choose?
Probably Mountain Biking, cross country
Do you ‘do’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Are they useful?
No. I have access to Facebook but only to keep an eye on my kids!
Physical book or e-book? Do you still buy a paper? Which one?
Physical book, definitely. In terms of news paper, no.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being ‘not at all’, how clued up on technology do you feel you are?