Name: Peter Savage
Current job: MD at Azule Finance
Career: MD at Fineline Media Finance (from 1988 to 2004); MD at County Asset Leasing (1986-1988); prior to that, Savage spent two years in the mobile phone sector, working for Carphone Warehouse Group.
What was your first ever job? I was a trainee accountant at KPMG for two years.
Where is the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Because we are a small open plan office, I suppose if you really want to get the gossip, you need to go to the kitchen.
What time do you usually leave the office? I leave at around 7pm.
What’s your favourite restaurant? ‘Favourite’ is a difficult one. It all depends on whether you look at the amount of use or the single favourite. If it is the amount of use, it would be The Last Viceroy in Bourne End, but actually the single favourite is probably the Fat Duck in Bray.
What do you do at weekends? I play tennis and ferry my kids around, and it all depends on how much my wife gets me to ferry my kids around and how much I can play tennis.
Who is your mentor or role model? I don’t really have a role model, but I suppose the two people I owe most to are John Brown – who used to be at Bank of Scotland and is very well known in the leasing industry (at least to most people who are older than 40), and John Keevil at Tower Leasing, who helped me out when I started Fineline, and with whom I keep regularly in touch.
What’s one of the best things about your job? I don’t work for anyone else.
If you weren’t in your current job, what would you have been? I would be a tennis coach or a teacher. I am a qualified tennis coach and when I had my year off from Fineline, I re-qualified. I have also thought that if and when I hang up my boots of leasing, I would probably do my PGCE and do some teaching in economics.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake? Not buying a small battery rental company, which we tried to steal it on price, but then the guy turned it down. It is one of those deals I regret never doing, because it made loads of money. It was in 1990.
What cars do you drive? An Audi A3.
What book are you currently reading? I’ve just finished a James Patterson thriller (I, Alex Cross) but to be honest, I only read when travelling, and I don’t travel a lot. But I have just come back from the US – I got caught there for another week because of the volcanic ash disruption. It was really a trashy book, but it makes me sleep on planes – and at least I could finish the book.
What’s on your CD player or MP3 player at the moment? The most recent iTune purchase was Plan B.