The Five Minute Interview with Will Gatton, Senior Underwriter, Bath and West Finance
Bath and West Finance provides bridging and development finance as principle lenders to intermediaries in the south-west. The management team have considerable experience in short term lending and provide certainty of decisions, competitive rates and procuration fees.
We speak to senior underwriter, Will Gatton:
What is the best thing about being in the bridging finance business?
That every deal is different. I love new challenges and coming into work each morning not knowing what will land on my desk keeps things interesting.
What keeps you focused?
Copious amounts of tea and coffee.
What qualities do you look for in your employees or colleagues?
Humility and a sense of humour. I’m not a fan of colleagues that let pride get in the way of doing their job or who let it put them in a sour mood. A team with a good sense of humour creates a light-hearted office environment which is the best way to work in my opinion.
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
I would say I’m an optimist, but only as much as being an underwriter allows me to be! I tend to look at the bright side with a pinch of scepticism.
What did you want to be as a child?
A superhero. My dream was to be superman without the kryptonite.
What will be the greatest challenge facing the bridging finance industry in the coming months?
I’m going to be unoriginal here and say Brexit and the uncertainty that surrounds it.
Who or what makes you laugh?
I have a terrible sense of humour. I like bad jokes and puns; penguins were a favourite chocolate bar growing up for that very reason. Comedians like Karl Pilkington make me laugh hysterically with their simple but brilliant humour.
Do you dread Monday mornings?
I honestly don’t, though if you asked me that 6 months ago (before working for Bath and West) it would have been a different answer.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could dance or play an instrument. The arts have never been my strong suit and I have no sense for timing or rhythm.
With whom would you most like to have dinner?
My grandad. Sadly, he passed away years ago and there was much more I would have loved to know about him and his history. If choosing someone that’s not here is cheating then I’d pick Karl Pilkington because it would be hilarious.