I graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology with a MSc in Industrial Management and after a year travelling around the world, joined Accenture. Shortly after starting my career I met my En...

Kare Heikkila, Consultant

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John Abbott

JohnJohn Abbott

Director of Business Growth, Yoti

Why was I attracted to Berkeley?

After graduating from the University of Bath, I initially worked for Red Bull as a Brand Manager. I went on to join Accenture and then latterly PwC, focussing on large scale business and IT turnaround programmes in their government consulting practice. After nine years I’d grown into an experienced and adaptable senior consultant, yet I was concerned about being stuck in a narrow industry focus. Berkeley attracted me due to the real focus on cross-sector experience and valuing transferrable skills. The trust and autonomy granted to consultants really appealed. 

What did I get out of my time at Berkeley?

There were many things I really valued at Berkeley – the people, the clients, the culture. But two things stand out. Firstly, there was a genuine interest in me as a person – lots of partner-time, with a coaching-esque model embedded into the ways of working. It really helped me get valuable feedback and experienced advice on a daily basis, accelerating my growth as a well-rounded consultant. Secondly, I was granted the liberty to say what I thought was the right thing to do. My opinion was sought and valued. This was great to build self-esteem and confidence in delivering very challenging global programmes for top level clients.

What am I doing now?

After 6 years with Berkeley, I was presented with a fantastic opportunity (yet tough choice) to join as a senior leader in a new global digital identity platform, Yoti.  Since joining in December 2016 I am the Director of Business Growth and Partnerships, in charge of all global business-to-business development, including with countries, government departments, charities and technology partners. Reporting to the CEO, I sit on the senior management team and help run the 200+ strong business. The leadership and pragmatic management skills learnt at Berkeley have been in full use as I need to cover practically all industries in all countries! Berkeley have been very supportive and have already helped out with direct coaching for some of our leadership team.