What was the first record/CD/download you can remember buying?
‘Protection’ by Massive Attack… if only!? It was actually a tape – ‘Wannabe’ by Spice Girls. An odd choice for a 12 year old boy, but I don’t regret a thing (honest). The first vinyl record I ever bought was Gala ‘Freed From Desire’, which even today is a certified banger. I wish I still had it in my collection. I would genuinely play it: to people.
What is your biggest pet hate about the world of financial services?
It would be great if we saw greater diversity across the industry in the future. There’s a lot of older white men in suits, and of course it won’t be too long until I am one of those myself, although by then I hope there will be less suits – so I’ll just be an older white man dressed cool but tidily (like a dad at a jazz festival. Nice.). I think we’re moving in the right direction though. Many firms increasing inclusivity and operating more diverse recruitment strategies to get a wider range of people into senior management positions, so that is a good thing! Let’s hope it continues.
What is your favourite film, and why?
I have a few – as an adolescent my fave flick was Fight Club, because I thought it was really edgy and cool. In my 20s I decided it was The Lives of Others partly because I thought liking a foreign language movie gave off the impression I was in some way cultured, but mostly because the first time I saw it I cried - loads. More recently it was Victoria – a film taken in one-shot about a girl who goes clubbing in Berlin and gets involved in a bank heist, but as I rarely go clubbing these days I should probably say something else… The Phantom Thread? That was good!
If you could pick any job in the world to do, what would you choose?
Well it used to be a globe-trotting dance music journalist and DJ, but I did that and it was exhausting! If the Editor of COVER doesn’t count as a dream job, I suppose I would say… something that involves helping people… a psychologist, or, even better, some sort of spiritual healer (living in Katmandu).
If you could change one thing overnight about the protection industry, what would it be?
It would be a look of genuine interest or intrigue when I mention the word ‘insurance’ to people who ask what I do; rather than one of boredom or, worse, suspicion. Anyone who works in protection knows we do some pretty life-changing stuff in this industry, but sadly many of those who don’t still assume it’s a scam.
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