Well, would I, could I, or should I? The answer to all is no. Timing is all and I suspect I've had mine. I've had 50 fabulous years in the City with complete satisfaction and never a day I didn't want to come in. I can count on one hand the people I wouldn't wish to know again. I was fortunate to be in an industry where, having learned the trade, I attained a position I could fly from. In 1976 we had a bull market that, so long as you grabbed the chances, provided the success. I'm often quoted as saying: 'You'll never meet a luckier man than me', and that's true. Right time, right place, right people; lucky eh? I've been surrounded by a family of terrific people and had my own wonderful family, with a fantastic wife who has been around for ever, backing me up through thick and thin.
Today, I believe the abilities and skills required for this hi-tech financial world are enormous and probably for the young! How many 65-year-olds do you find who have done it again with success? Very few. The tracks are littered with those who thought it was just as easy second time round. This era of regulation could easily stifle City entrepreneurship and I would not be a comfortable convert to increased red tape and official interference.
No, I'm looking forward to a new chapter. I'm starting to enjoy being non-executive chairman - all the excitement with virtually none of the worries, except to make sure all is well. Still, I think my epitaph will read: 'Can I go round again, please?'
Retiring as CEO in January, Brian Winterflood became non-executive chairman of Winterflood Securities, which he founded.