6.15am: I manage a swim every morning for 20 minutes at home in Wimbledon to justify having a well-heated pool.
7am: Breakfast with my wife. A quick glance at the FT, and a look at the other papers.
7.45am: I leave Wimbledon for the City, and drive myself to our offices at Walbrook House. The traffic lights en route allow me to read the entire FT, which means I can give it to the doorman at Wins when I arrive. Depending on traffic flow and which route I take I may only have read half the paper - in which case the doorman only gets half!
8.30-8.45am: Sort through an enormous amount of post, and more newspapers. All of it potentially affects deals. There are communications from the stock exchange, companies, the debt markets, the Securities Institute. Also a reasonable amount of e-mail, and hard copy of our positions overnight.
9.30am: A visit by our accountants to discuss the state of the company. The head of audit comes to check up on our half-year figures.
10.15am: Deal with enquiries on the telephone about various companies. A large individual shareholder has inherited stock in an engineering company and wants to talk about it. We get a lot of enquiries from all over the country. I need to redirect him to the banks and the stockbrokers. Many people ring us up but we don't really deal directly with the public.
10.30am: Always manage to get out to the dealing floor to speak to everybody and find out details of what's going on. I also like to see everyone in the firm as often as possible.
10.40am: Call from the stock exchange about agenda on the secondary markets committee. This is a follow-up call from the strategy meeting the night before.
11am: Ring brokers. Speak to the London representative of Nasdaq and other interested players of the Exchange.
11.30am: In the office at my desk watching positions, though with our system of fail-safe in our organisation, everything is monitored real time. I am informed if anything extraordinary happens as soon as it happens. It all requires constant monitoring. We have about 60 people in the front office and 40 at the back.
11.50am: There is an article in the paper about the gilt market. I check with the dealers to see what they think. There is a call from the Proshare Board about the amount of new issues that have come along. And one of the brokers we deal with drops in.
12.30pm: Lunch with newspaper correspondents. There is almost always a lunch, as so much of my role now is marketing. If a working lunch is cancelled I have a lovely lunch by myself with the copy of yet another newspaper at either of my favourite restaurants, Sweetings or The George & Vulture. For the dealers, busy days usually mean lunch at the desk. Fortunately, that isn't always the case and when it it's not they are out with our customers in the stockbroking community. Always working, the boys - and the girls.
2.15pm: There is always a pile of messages to deal with when I return. I work on a speech for the London Stock Exchange who have asked me to speak to chief executives of AIM-listed companies. We pioneered AIM when the killjoys said small companies were dead.
3pm: Our day at Wins is so concentrated we don't have internal meetings because we don't have time. Managers have brief meetings over specific issues. The afternoon goes in phone calls, with my secretary Caroline constantly interrupting and filtering calls. More networking with institutions, stockbrokers, and the media. There are quite a few calls from charities. As a firm we support Remedi, of which I am President. It is a medical charity for disability and chooses to fund one particular project a year. This year it is to look into how best to improve prosthesis. I am also on the board of the October Club, a fund-raising event. Last year's dinner at The Savoy raised 476,000 (E809,200) for charity. Any small charity is welcome to write in to The October Club and ask for support. We choose one charity a year which reaps the benefits of our dinner if it meets the criteria.
5pm: Meeting with our parent Close Brothers, once trading has finished. We meet once a fortnight.
5.15pm: The fire drill tests, and not everyone leaves the building...There is a stream of announcements from companies.
6.30pm: The meeting with Close Brothers draws to an end. The business of the day has been well documented. Tonight I am headed to a cocktail party at The Painter's Hall, hosted by a PR company for clients, stockbrokers and corporate financiers. This one turns out to be useful.
10.30pm: I head home, dropping a broker off at his home on the way. I'm not usually in bed before midnight. There are many late nights of entertaining and networking. I sift through my invitations before I hit the pillow and see that tomorrow will see me at the Dome, where there is a presentation by two stockbrokers merging with US firms.
11.45pm: I wouldn't change a day regarding this business. I always said I'd like my epitaph to read: 'Please can I go around again.'