- What is your daily morning schedule before heading to office?
I’m a big fan of podcasts. So, on the way to office I am usually listening to the latest from FintechInsider News, Pod Save America or something from The New Yorker.
- Post work what do you look forward to?
I usually spend two or three nights a week attending events on behalf of Metro Bank. These tend to have a tech focus as so much is changing in the industry right now. When I’m not doing that, I like to fit in a run or a game of tennis.
- How do you successfully juggle your life between your hectic work schedule and personal life?
Life is easier to juggle if you have a great team (which I do), a great wife (ditto!) and a disciplined approach to how you work. If there’s a secret it’s this: don’t be afraid to walk out of the office if you have done all you need to do.
- If not into Banking, what would have been your profession?
In my head, I would have been a professional tennis player. Back on planet earth, I think I would have been a writer or an academic. Happiness, for me, is defined by my proximity to books.
- What is your definition of an ideal weekend?
In a word: movement. I view weekends as an opportunity to exercise, travel and generally get out into the world. And of course, having a daughter under 2 years of age means constant movement is almost guaranteed.
- Do you have a passion for the latest gadgets? What is your latest buy? Is the purchase related to work or for personal use?
My latest buy is a Garmin Forerunner 935 watch. It tracks a disturbing number of things about my body while I run. It’s been really useful in helping me train purposefully.
- Sports, Music, Painting, Reading, Cooking. Which is/are your favourite(s)? How often do you get indulged in any of these?
Definitely, Sports and Reading. I probably read two books a week – I’m currently reading The Design of Business by Roger Martin which looks at how design thinking is the new competitive battleground in business.
- The best holiday so far? Which is the destination that is yet to be ticked off your list?
We recently did a bit of a road trip through South Carolina and Georgia and had a great time. I recommend the shrimp and grits. Next up we have our eyes fixed on Tokyo.
- Quote that inspires you
It’s a line from the book The Beach by Alex Garland: “Never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it”.
- Any social cause(s) you care about? How much is your involvement with the cause(s)?
I’m a trustee of two great charities. The first is Making The Leap, an incredible social mobility charity that helps young people prepare for the world of work. The second is the Finance Innovation Lab, which incubates the people, ideas and movements helping to build a financial system that better serves people and planet.