At PTL we pride ourselves on being personable. Meet Matt Pridding.
What was your favourite subject at school? Worst?
I really enjoyed history but wasn’t a huge science fan.
Do you have a nickname?
Not that I know of.
If you had to be classified as a member of a “generation” which would it be?
What was the first record that you bought?
I can’t believe I’m admitting to this but it was ‘Too many broken hearts’ by Jason Donovan. (I was 5 years old at the time!)
What was the last concert you went to?
Wavves supported by Twin Peaks & SWMRS (I have moved on from Jason Donovan).
What did you want to be when you were at school?
Chartered Accountant (following in the footsteps of my Dad).
What was your first job?
How did you start in the pensions profession?
I started as a temp doing GMP reconciliations.
What is your favourite book and film?
The Pillars of the Earth & World Without End by Ken Follet. As for films anything with the much maligned acting talents of Jason Statham or Dwayne Johnson.
Do you support a sporting team?
Leicester Tigers & Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
What three adjectives would your colleagues use to describe you?
Approachable, determined and funny.
What aspect of pensions legislation or provision would you change if you could?
I would have never allowed contracting out.
Who is the most irritating person in the industry or public eye?
No-one in the industry annoys me, as for the public eye I don’t see the point of Katie Hopkins.
Who is the most influential person in the pensions industry?
Should saving into a pension be compulsory?
Pension or ISA?
What is your worst habit?
When was the last time you lost your temper?
Watching England vs Australia in their Rugby World Cup Pool match.
What was the last “bargain” you got?
I got a great pair of shoes for £20 recently.
What is your favourite meal and drink?
Moule Mariniere and any craft beer.
What is the biggest bet you ever placed and did you win?
I think I won £5 at the dogs once.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest?
What was the last country you visited?
USA, specifically southern California.
How do you plan to spend your retirement years?
Working part time like everyone else and hopefully living by the sea.
Congratulations, you’ve won the lottery. What next?
Make sure friends and family are looked after, travel the world and then open a pub & microbrewery.
Matt joined PTL in August 2015 after spending over 7 years working for Capita and Mercer in various different roles within Scheme wind ups, including overseeing the project management of the PPF portfolio for Mercer.