Each month we’ll be taking the time to get under the skin of the Maitland Selwyn team members, to find out what makes them tick…and what ticks them off. First up, is the boss…

How and why did you join Maitland Selwyn?
“I bought the company in 1992 having decided at the age of 40 that a new challenge was in order after acting as Prudential Property Services MD for 5 years and the Prudential deciding to sell!”

Why have you stayed with the company so long?
“I still have the drive to run a successful business, particularly one that has a great pedigree. I have a responsibility to my team!”

What’s your favourite thing about working for Maitland Selwyn?
“The excitement of seeing a new recruit become a successful sales person in the new homes industry.”

What has been your best investment?
“Buying Maitland Selwyn”

What has been your favourite role, before joining Maitland Selwyn/entering property recruitment?
“I had a job in America as President of a commercial real estate company, The Keyes Company.”

What is your favourite room in your house and why?
“The kitchen – it’s where the family lives, talks, eats, drinks etc.”

What is your plan for your next career move?
“Where could I go – who would have me?”

What do you most dislike about your home?
“The house is 6000 sq ft of Regency splendour – but cold in the winter – thank god oil prices are down!”

Have you any pets?
“Many of you will know “Oscar” who we have just lost having had a tumour diagnosed on my return from holiday last Thursday. It wasn’t expected.  The family is still devastated.  He was a chocolate brown Labrador and only 7 years old.”

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
“Ensure my children have a house each with no mortgage – that is, of course, after I have paid mine off!”

What is your favourite book and favourite song?
“A book would probably be Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson, and I can’t think of a better or more fitting song than I’m Still Standing by Elton John!”

Finally, what 3 things would you take with you to a desert island?
“A pillow, a fishing rod and a pot to cook my food in (hopefully I would have learnt to light a fire!)”