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A day in the life of: AJ Bell's Russ Mould

A day in the life of: AJ Bell's Russ Mould

Russ Mould, investment director of AJ Bell, runs us through his day and how he shares his tea tastes with a famous captain.

My alarm goes off: 6am, although if I’m doing an early-morning broadcast it can be around 3.30am.

I’m responsible for: Helping out journalists with their research and output; writing and producing topical, informative pieces and videos; representing AJ Bell on air and at events; and working with the company’s investment committee.

The worst part of my job: Has to be deadlines – my own and everyone else’s.

The best part of my job: I enjoy the live broadcasting enormously. Though I’m aware that you’re only as good as your last showing – mess it up and you might not get asked back.

After work: On the train home I read a book or listen to a podcast and then catch up with my wife and children. I always cook on Fridays too (Paul from Newhaven, I thank you for last week’s Dover sole. Heaven).

I got the job: I joined AJ Bell in 2012 when it acquired the publishing company I was working for as the editor of Shares Magazine. I’m happy that Mr Bell and the team had confidence that I wouldn’t let them down.

I’ve been in the role for: I’ve had the title of investment director since mid-2013.

How long is your commute to work? About 75 minutes from Brighton. A new timetable has started promising shorter journeys, I just hope they make the ironing boards that masquerade as seats a bit less of a daunting prospect.

Tea vs coffee? Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. (One for Star Trek fans, I’m afraid).

Typical lunch choice? At the desk – a quick sandwich and some fruit. If on a business lunch - fish and chips. And mushy peas. You can take the man out of Yorkshire but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the man.

What are you reading at the moment? I have just finished Nick Triplow’s book Getting Carter, which is a biography of the author Ted Lewis. I’m also reading a book on the racehorse Bayardo.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? A bet at the races. I love the sight of 30 thoroughbreds hammering down the course towards you – especially when the one you picked is in front.

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your role? Quite simply, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything.

You are hosting a dinner party this evening. Who would you invite and what are you cooking? As a massive horse racing fan, I would invite two people who are brilliantly successful but don’t talk much to the press – His Highness the Aga Khan and Coolmore Stud impresario John Magnier. And I’d make sure my Dad came along too.
I’d cook a simple grilled sole, some spinach (no, not mushy peas) and then serve up a giant cheese board.

What do you get up to out of the office? Friday nights are sacrosanct – dinner and a bottle of wine with my lovely wife Clare. Weekends can be spent running a chauffeur service for our children, but my son and I have also discovered the joys on non-league football, supporting Lewes FC at their evocatively named ground, The Dripping Pan.

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