Former Lehman Brothers man swaps banking for horticulture

A new manager at Golden acres nursery in Dorset is breathing a sigh of relief having swapped a busy job at now bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers for a career in horticulture.

Former Lehman Brothers employee Phil Sinclair now a manager at Golden Acres Nursery - photo: Golden Acres Nursery
Former Lehman Brothers employee Phil Sinclair now a manager at Golden Acres Nursery - photo: Golden Acres Nursery

Former IT manager Phil Sinclair left the bank late last year to enjoy a different pace of life and find an outdoor job in Dorset.

Now he has landed a job as nursery production assistant manager at Golden Acres Nursery near Christchurch after retraining.

He had left London with his partner Mel, who was a marketing executive for an asset management company and a freelance florist, to buy a florist's shop together - Ena's in Westbourne, which Mel now runs.

He said: "We lived in London for many years and got tired of the daily commute. We were working hard for 47 weeks of the year for five weeks of fabulous holidays but not getting the work/life balance right.

"Obviously there are different pressures, but it is less stressful than a systems crash in Tokyo with traders shouting at me to fix it. This is great!"

Their move was not only for a less stressful existence; they are both keen on watersports - Phil scuba dives and Mel surfs.

He said: "Now we live just five minutes walk from the sea and I can cycle to work."


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