Berkeley has a working environment that I’ve felt at home in since day one. The opportunities to work with great clients on their biggest challenges, with talented colleagues, in a welcoming, collaborative culture with a strong social side is a unique combination.
Working at Berkeley has allowed me to develop strong and lasting bonds with both clients and colleagues, often working together on multiple challenges over the years, sharing both professional achievements and personal goals.
This is a tough question, as over 15 years there have been many memorable pieces of work. Some of the most challenging have also been the most rewarding: delivering a multi-release SAP enabled process transformation at Xerox; leading a £150m technology infrastructure remediation at the Financial Conduct Authority; working with Marks & Spencer to introduce an innovative made-to-measure shirts capability to their website.
But my favourite has been partnering with Dow Jones on an SAP-enabled finance transformation, where I was lucky enough to work with their leadership team from the outset – setting vision, shaping the business case, selecting the technology and building the team – through the full lifecycle to the end of post go-live support. In my experience it’s rare to live that journey from start to finish, seeing the vision come to life, and working through all the challenges, highs and lows along the way!
Over five years ago, I made the decision to move to New York to play a role setting up Berkeley’s New York office. It’s been a fantastic journey both professionally and personally. The ‘start up’ feel of developing our NY operation; seeing the Berkeley way of working resonate with our New York clients; and building the fantastic team have all been hugely rewarding experiences. From a personal perspective, it’s been a great adventure: our family building a new life in Brooklyn; the kids enjoying growing up in a different city and culture; and me trying to understand the nuances of US sports!