Blame it on the Bogey
Privalgo Partnership Manager and former golf professional Will Stephenson reveals how he successfully made the switch from greens to greenbacks
As they say in interviews for Ikea, tell us a little bit about your shelf?
I’m 22 years old from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, I was born, raised and schooled (allegedly) there. Originally I wanted to be a builder and spent my weekends digging holes in the garden. Then, at the age of six I discovered another set of holes taking up golf lessons. I fell in love with the sport and bought my first set of clubs for £15 (my mum was not best pleased). By the time I was 15 I was playing off scratch, represented England Boys and my county and turned professional at 18, playing on tours in the Algarve, Jamega Tour and various pro-am events. At 19, I picked up my first cheque in finishing second at the John Lewis Pro at Winter Hill. It was certainly pretty cool being paid to play! I then set up a golf business taking golf enthusiasts to play in some of the top courses in the UK and abroad. Within a year we had 60 members.
How did the eagle land in FX?
I first met Privalgo co-founder Zeb Bham on a corporate golf day in 2015 where I was one of the hosting professionals. When Privalgo was born, he introduced me to Matthew Clarke, Privalgo Commercial Director and co-founder. I had an informal interview, we got on well and and he offered me a job. Nearly two years on, I have developed a wide and varied client base and enjoy the challenges of this work.
What is involved in your Partnership Manager role?
I bring on new partners to introduce me to private clients with FX and build relationships with private clients, advising on their currency transfers and international payments. Maybe a coincidence but I have built my most successful partnerships in golfing havens like Portugal and Barbados – I certainly get a round!
What is your greatest achievement to date at Privalgo?
Starting with very little FX knowledge, after four months of training I converted my first trade and I am very proud the person concerned is still a loyal client.
You’ve had an interesting career, from bunker to banker. Describe the culture at Privalgo?
I really do love my job and as I gain experience and expertise I realise how fortunate I am to work for such a go-ahead company. It is a brilliant feeling now helping new starters with no experience, training them on pricing and markets (I struggled with these starting out) I hope soon I will run a small team and in the future be considered for a Director role.
We’ve reached the 18th green – any secrets about yourself?
I’m trying to enlarge my 28 waistline and as a golfer now working in the City – I love to go clubbing.