I think the single biggest difference is that Berkeley is truly independent and without a sales agenda; we will help clients with their biggest challenges and do so from a place of integrity and genuine care – and not being afraid to say no when the occasion demands it.
There’s a huge range of interests and passions in the firm, from wine to sustainability. My personal involvement in some of these has really enriched my experience at Berkeley, I’ve learned from others, had insightful debates and hopefully left a bit of a mark myself. In a smaller firm, these interests are dependent on, and propelled by, the team members and the fact that we have so many and such commitment is a credit to the team.
I think it’s no secret that I most enjoy the engagements where we have an opportunity to shape the work we do for clients, from strategy and planning through to execution of the transformation programme or project. Thankfully that is the sort of work we are almost always asked to do.
Being Finnish originally, I carry the trademark directness of the Nordics, which means I’ve always approached work with both an open mind and a willingness to have polite, but frank conversations when needed, to ensure we get the right outcome for our clients.