Edward Mainwaring-Burton

General Manager, Netherlands

Professionally

 

Before 2009, I was advising my clients on which wines they should have in their collection.

Since qualifying as a financial adviser back then, the assets I recommend might be different, but the approach is not: Look at the client’s needs first and the recommendation last.

I have brought my experience from helping clients in Switzerland and the Middle East to provide a client-focused approach to investment advice for expats here in the EU.

Personally

 

Of course, as my background would suggest, I love good wines and food and I enjoy sports from football and cricket to skiing and shooting, but my biggest passion would have to be cars. I’m a huge fan of Formula 1 – for the machines and the racing, I don’t follow a particular team – and I love driving, whether on the road or the track.

I speak French fluently and my Dutch is passable, but not great. I’m sure my young son will be forcing me to learn more!

Oh yes, I also dabble in stand-up comedy, but don’t come to see that, I’m terrible.

Likes

 

  • Cars and driving
  • Sports
  • Live comedy or music
  • Running round the house with the toddler
  • Enjoying a meal or a drink with friends
  • Learning new things from people who love what they do

Dislikes

 

  • Avocado
  • Being late or delayed for anything
  • Not being able to find things in the house
  • Losing at sports
  • When David finds that I’ve made a spelling mistake

Spotlight questions

Perfect weekend:

Monza, Monaco, Silverstone? As long as the GP is in town, count me in!

Favourite holiday destination:

The Alps – snow, cheese, wine and skis.

Favourite song to play in the car:

The Cave by Mumford and Sons, Chop Suey by System of a Down, anything by Counting Crows or a bit of Vivaldi… It really depends on the road and the car.

If I could be any fictional character, I would be:

Dipsy from the Teletubbies

If I could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, I would win a medal in:

Making lasagne

When the dessert menu arrives, I’m looking for:

Crème brulée and a nice Sauternes

The three qualities that draw me to new people are:

Openness, humour and a willingness to promote conversation

My pet peeve is:

Finding the toilet roll the wrong way around on the holder

The best gift I’ve ever received is:

My son – I know it sounds corny, but he arrived the night of my birthday so it counts

The three people at my dream dinner party would be:

Marco Pierre White, Jancis Robinson and James Hunt

The three small things that make my day better are:

Google Home, morning coffee, when my parents send me a terrible joke they just heard