I had spent ten years working at PwC and wanted to try something different. Whilst looking for where to go next, I spoke to a lot of consultancies and a lot of old colleagues who had moved elsewhere. Berkeley really stood out to me as a different model and a different ‘feel’. I really liked the idea of taking on senior client-side roles where I would be able to add most value for my clients. I was also attracted to being in a smaller firm where I could get to know everyone on a personal level.
I think consultants are inherently problem-solvers, and so the work that excites me the most are the projects with high levels of complexity that are helping to solve my clients’ fundamental issues. For example, I really enjoyed the work I did with a London university to entirely redesign their operating model across the university group which included the university, several further education colleges, international campuses and partnerships, and for-profit businesses. There was huge amounts of complexity and stakeholder alignment that needed to be done, and I worked closely with the Vice Chancellor (CEO) to get to the right answer for them and to build support amongst the leadership group.
I love music – both listening to it and playing it myself. I go to gigs as often as I can, the energy that you get from a good live performance is really special – be that the Irish trad band at my local pub or Stormzy headlining Glastonbury. I play guitar and sing – something that I love to do even if it is to a very average standard!