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Jeff Edgar of DMS answers Barker's Dozen

Date: 10 January 2014

DMS's Jeff Edgar talks PA rigs, gigs and Wiggins.
Jeff Edgar, business development director at Derwent Management Services

1. What was your first job?

A summer holiday job at a small factory, working on the shop floor producing kitchen units.

 

 

 

2. What was your first company car?

1982 Talbot Sunbeam 1.3. It'd happily do any speed until it was warmed up, when it would then refuse to go over 60mph!

 

 

 

3. What did you listen to on your last car journey?

My mp3 player to learn new tracks for the band I play in, The Lord John Band.

 

 

 

4. What one thing do you wish you could do better?

Type!

 

 

 

5. What's your biggest achievement?

With my wife, bringing up two fantastic children. We are really proud of them and how well they are doing in their jobs.

 

 

 

6. Who are your role models?

Winners who achieve their goals through very hard work like the GB rowing or cycling teams. Individuals would be Steve Redgrave or Bradley Wiggins.

 

 

 

7. What's the stupidest thing you've done?

Difficult to say, but a good example would be setting up my drum kit at the wrong venue. And many years ago, I went to my then office in Ealing as normal, but nobody else was there. It took me over an hour to realise it was a Saturday.

 

 

 

8. What was the most hotly debated topic at your last meeting?

Residual values. The group of dealer principles I was meeting couldn't understand why the RV for a particular LCV was £7000 when they were currently selling similar examples for £16,000, until I asked them to underwrite that in four years' time!

 

 

 

9. What's in your garage?

Three drum kits, the band's PA rig and all my daughter's furniture for her new house.

 

 

 

 

10. What's the worst thing about your job?

Working from home. I miss seeing people, so I much prefer to have appointments and be out and about in meetings.

 

 

 

 

11. What one law would you make or change?

There are some I would like to introduce, like all dogs being trained properly. But first I would like to see some existing laws enforced, such as not using hand-held mobile phones while driving, which I see all the time. I'd also like to see the central lane hogging enforced, but that would need motorway patrol cars.

 

 

 

12. What keeps you awake at night?

Once I'm asleep I'm fine, but I need an hour or so to relax when I get home very late, normally after a gig.

 

 

13. Who is your ideal celebrity date?

Someone who wants to pay my band and me huge sums of money for a world tour.

FACTFILE
 
Name: Jeff Edgar
Company: Dewent Management Services
Job title: Director of business development
Home town: Woking, Surrey
Family: Wife, son and daughter
Age: 54
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