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Typical 24: Tim Simon, CEO and Founder, Madiston LendLoanInvest

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 Name:
Tim Simon

 Job title: CEO and Founder

 Company: Madiston LendLoanInvest

 Location: London

 Years’ experience: over 38



1.         What time do you reach the office each day?
At the moment I arrive at about 8.30 each morning after my run. I am training for the Coniston run which is happening in March. Lots of my family take on the challenge each year which follows nearly 14 miles of hilly road so it’s always tough, particularly in bad weather!

2.         Is your job varied?
Yes. I like to understand the different aspects of my business and have made an effort over the years to learn as much as I can. What I get up to can be very different from day to day, everything from designing software applications to corporate development.

3.         Is your job creative?
Over the last few years, it has been very creative. With the help of our technical team, I have researched, specified and developed a software platform for peer to peer (P2P) lending. Financial Sector software is my background but this is a new and exciting area.

4.         What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
At the moment I spend a lot of time looking at regulation as the P2P Lending industry is coming under the Financial Conduct Authority in April. As members of the P2P Finance Association, we have been involved in the consultation with the FCA, Treasury and HMRC. I always seem to be studying lots of documents and financial plans. One of my sons even bought me a mug recently with the words ‘I love spreadsheets’ on it – probably true!

5.         Do you personalise your desk? 
I do a little. Like most people I have family photos and things. But, more unusually, I have two keyboard buttons. One is labelled ‘panic’ and the other ‘don’t panic.’ I think it’s important to have options!

6.         Would you describe yourself as creative?
I’m colour blind so what I see can be very different from what other people see when it comes to design but I do consider myself to be creative. My strengths lie more in problem solving and this is how I like to flex the creative side of my brain.

7.         Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
I think my rituals are all pretty normal but you’d have to ask my colleagues!

8.         Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
It’s a bit of a mixture. When we’re not in the same building, we use Skype extensively to keep in contact.

9.         How many hours on average do you work a day?
My wife would probably say 24 as I spend a lot of time communicating with people in different time zones.

10.      Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Like many people these days I spend a lot of time dealing with a constant barrage of meetings and communication through phone, email and Skype never stops. But a productive day leaves me feeling satisfied.

11.      Do you use social media much for work?
I use LinkedIn and posted online about our P2P Lending software on a thread a while back and amazingly have received about two enquiries a week ever since. There is definitely a place and use for social media.

12.      What do you enjoy most about your work?
The satisfaction of achieving my goals. Work is like a hobby for me in some respects and I enjoy both the ups and the downs. I love striving for a solution and working with people.  Work should always be fun.

13.      What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I really love music but I don’t tend to listen to it much at work. I enjoy a range of music genres from opera to indie and last year was actually the first year in a long time that I haven’t been to Glastonbury Festival.

14.      What do you do for lunch?
It really depends where I am and what I’m doing. If I’m at home I’ll have a sandwich in my office there. Otherwise I’ll eat with colleagues or over a business meeting.

15.      Do you socialise with work colleagues?
Yes, if we have business meetings in London that end at appropriate times in the afternoon/evening, we tend to go for a drink and a curry.

16.      Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
Pointless tasks set by managers that are unnecessary to complete a project. That’s probably why I now build and run my own businesses!

17.      What is your last task of your day?
I make sure I have communicated with any colleagues in different time zones. I’ll send them an email so they have any information they need when they wake up and I’m still asleep!

18.      How do you like to relax after work?
Frankly during the week there isn’t much time to relax!  At the weekend, I spend time with my family. I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren, aged 6 months to 18 years, who pop in regularly so the house is always full of fun and noise!

19.      Do you keep checking email through the evening?
It depends what’s happening at home and at work. My wife is a potter so if she is in her workshop, there is always the opportunity to check on work, but not if we’re doing something together. I have been married for over 40 years and built-up 3 companies in that time so she is quite understanding!

20.      Do you take work projects home with you? 
You have to make the effort to meet a deadline and see a task through to the end…so yes, often.

21.      What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Stick to what you believe, be stubborn and never give up!  And always maintain your sense of humour!

22.      If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
I’m lucky, I’ve always done the job I’ve wanted to do!  If I were to try out another career perhaps I’d have been an astronaut!

23.      What device did you use to answer these questions?
iMac with a 27” screen running a Windows environment too.

24.      Do you use your own personal device for work?
Yes I have an iPad, laptop and iPhone and use them all.

 

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