Apart from his extensive experience in the recruitment industry, Doug is fanatical about all sports and has always been interested in the growing betting and gaming sector. The success of the igaming division at Sporting Appointments has enabled the launch of Betting Appointments as a specialist, niche recruiter to this marketplace. He believes passionately that a recruitment business can build an added value partnership with an organisation through outstanding customer service at a cost effective price.
Having spent 8 years as a Director of a London Football League Club, he also has experienced sport from the business perspective. Sporting Appointments has grown rapidly over the past 3 years and is now a major name in the sector, successfully marrying sports business people at all levels with a variety of sporting clients.
What interests you about the betting industry?
I’ve always been fascinated by betting since my Dad took me racing to many of the southern racecourses in the 1960s. Although a pretty small punter himself, he used to make me calculate his winnings in my head to make sure my mental arithmetic brain was working well! It’s been amazing to watch the industry evolve from the early days of those pretty “seedy” shops that first appeared in the high street.
Is there one wager that is memorable for you?
I had a Scottish French teacher at school who always read the Sporting Life at his desk before the lesson and, as a 12 year old boy I plucked up enough courage to give him a tip for the 1963 “2000 Guineas”, which had been passed on to me by my Uncle, a bookie. I can still remember it now, a horse called Niksar, trained by the great Walter Nightingall and ridden by Duncan Keith; fortunately for me it won at 100-8 and French became my favourite subject!
The Grand National was always a great betting race, so thrilling to watch, and I remember talking my Mum out of backing Foinavon in 1967 as it had no chance! (It won after a massive pile up..... at 100-1!)
What is the betting and gaming industry like from a career perspective?
The industry has developed so far over the past 20 years and there are now so many opportunities in many different disciplines from Marketing to IT and from Trading to Security. It’s possible to base yourself in many different locations across the globe and financially it can be extremely rewarding.
What phrase do you live your life by?
Generally I like to steer clear of “beige people”. Life’s too short to be surrounded by bores!