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PUBLIC TREASURER FEATURE - POETIC ALLIANCE

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As vice president and head of the public sector services and development section at Alliance Capital John Sartin is...
As vice president and head of the public sector services and development section at Alliance Capital John Sartin is a busy man. But he took time out to tell Rhidian Wynn Davies a few odd sock stories.
What did you do before joining Alliance Capital?
I spent most of my life running my own retailing business and subsequently a consultancy firm until joining Kleinwort Benson (Dresdner RCM). I also spent 25 years as a councillor, the majority of that time as Conservative deputy leader or leader of East Hertfordshire DC.
Who has been the biggest influence on your professional career?
There are just too many to mention. There are lots of great people out there who influenced me. They will know
who they are.
What was the last film you saw and what did you think of it?
I'm not a great cinema goer, but I think the last was Chicken Run. Great fun.
Do you have a secret talent?
I'm not sure talent is the right word, but I can produce rhymes that seem to amuse.
If you had to buy - and hold - one stock, what would it be and why?
Royal Bank of Scotland. It has very focused management.
Any tales to tell about fund manager presentations to councils?
I suppose I sometimes tend to be rather unorthodox in presentations, especially if we are last on and the investment panel's losing interest. It usually throws colleagues and consultants, but many times it has proved successful.
Who is your favourite comedian?
Harry Enfield.
When and where did you receive best value?
My local village shops. They are not the cheapest, but they do understand the concept of customer service.
When and where did you receive worst value?
Hey, I'm a rail commuter. Need I say more?
If you could choose any other job what would it be?
Are there any vacancies in the Arsenal back four?
What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?
Continued growth in Alliance business and Arsenal winning at least two major trophies.
What irritates you most about the council pension fund market?
Not much, they are all pretty well run. Investment managers must remember that funds are run for their members not for us on the other side of the fence.
Name six dinner party guests from history.
Charles Dickens, Earl Mountbatten, Amy Johnson, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth I, Tommy Cooper.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Wearing odd socks at a meeting and having it pointed out to me. I told them they weren't odd, I had another pair at home exactly the same.
Do you believe in ethical investment?
Absolutely, but not at the expense of responsible investment.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Never ask anybody to do anything you wouldn't be prepared to do yourself. A good management motto.
What makes you angry?
Arrogance, ignorance and uncaring attitudes. I'm getting more like Victor Meldrew every day.
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