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Recruitment CV:

David Chittenden (40), Property consultant, Company Colliers CRE.

How did you get into the automotive business?
As a graduate, my employers decided to put me with one of the toughest women in property who was also the most respected in the automotive sector; she was certainly the best person to learn from.

What does your job entail?
Buying, selling and valuing. Negotiating rents on automotive property.

How will your job change over the next few years?
There will be greater opportunities to develop our business in mainland Europe and Far Eastern markets.

Other jobs?
Golf caddy, painter and decorator, kennel’s assistant.

What advice would you give to young people joining the industry?
You need to graft, roll up your sleeves and treat everybody with the same respect.

What’s the worst career move you’ve ever made?
Painting the wrong house!

And the best?
Doing property deals with agents that get me free rounds of golf at Wentworth.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Running a dealership – I don’t think so!

Favourite book?
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes.

Favourite holiday?
Scuba diving off Sipadan.

Favourite film?
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Favourite music?
I’m a closet Mod.

First car?
Mark 11 Ford Escort.

Dream car?
DB 9.

Luxury item?
Dependable work colleagues

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