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COFFEE BREAK with… Jassi Sunner, Associate Director

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When did you join Christie & Co?
June 2014.

Where were you when you accepted your role at Christie & Co?
On an inspection at my previous job!

What was your first job?
Paperboy, aged 10. However, in terms of a proper job, I worked in the family business aged 14 including retail, post office, care homes and a day nursery when I was about 16.

In a couple of sentences, can you tell us a bit about your job at Christie & Co?
As a day nursery agent, my main role is to provide accurate appraisals and then deliver with a completion in a short period of time. As a result, becoming the go-to person in the Midlands for day nursery sales.

What’s your favourite thing about Christie & Co?
The balance between flexibility and role ownership.

If you had to pick a favourite project that you’ve worked on at Christie & Co so far, what would it be?
Too close to call between the sale of Bartley Green Pharmacy in Birmingham and Burbage Day Nursery in Leicestershire.

What’s been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
Moving sectors and re-establishing a reputation.

What’s been a highlight of your career so far?
Becoming Associate Director.

How has the industry changed since you started at Christie & Co?
Increased number of buyers each year.

Who in your industry do you feel most inspired by?
Ordinary nursery practitioners doing extraordinary, unprejudiced work with young kids in demanding locations. 

Tell us a bit about your life outside work – what are your hobbies?
I’m an Arsenal fan (still, just about), part-time cricket fan (if India is playing), and am still learning the basics of golf two years in! I need to get back into running despite attempts to do so during lockdown!

What’s your hometown? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, and went to school in Warwickshire. “Sent to Coventry” (as they say), after getting married and now I live in North Birmingham.

Where’s the best place you’ve been on holiday?
The Maldives - but I’d say two weeks is actually too much!

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Middle lane drivers are probably number one in a long-list.

If you could live and work in any city, where would you go?
When you search for “best cities after global warming”, lots of reference to Canada and Greenland so probably somewhere in one of those countries.

What would be your desert island meal?
My mum’s cooking.

What’s your favourite film?
Back to the Future.

Tell us your favourite joke / What is your favourite movie quote?
”Sorry Vincent, I did not have time to get the bi-nocu-lars out.”

What is one thing on your bucket list?
To drive an Aston Martin.

What is your biggest fear?
Climate change.

What news source do you read every day?
The Byline Times.

What’s your social media platform of choice?

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