Craig Vickery

Head of ACCA Scotland, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Looking forward, the biggest changes to our organisation in the post Covid era will be ..... an even greater emphasis on sustainability, renewed focus on training and skills development and the introduction of a hybrid model of remote and office working.

The future vision for our organisation in Glasgow is .... being known as the champions of sustainability, inclusivity and diversity in Scottish finance.

The three best things about working in Glasgow are .... the fantastic people I work with, the brilliant pool of talent we can hire from and the business links that can be developed.

My favourite part of Glasgow is .... The Clyde.  I love the bridges lit up at night.  The Clyde welcomes me every morning to work and says goodnight as I leave the city.

The most satisfying thing about my job is .... feeling that I make a difference.  I'm lucky that my role is about encouraging skills development, helping business to develop the right people with the right skills, and helping people realise their potential.  I love hearing the stories of our members' careers - they're amazing!

Financial services is a great career choice because .... we are nearly always at the heart of key decisions for organisations and can help shape the strategic direction towards a greener, fairer future. It's a rewarding career that has proved resilient in the face of Covid-19. The crisis has highlighted the value finance professionals can offer to any organisation.

The biggest challenge I have faced in my career to date was when .... adapting to the virtual world.  The most enjoyable part of my job is getting out and meeting people.  Hearing their stories, experiencing their workplaces and seeing different parts of the country.  Like everyone, I have found the switch to working from home has been a challenge and I took a while to adapt to the seemingly identical days.

The businessperson I most admire is .... Toto Wolff, Team Principal and investor in the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One Team.  He is reported to have created a blame free culture which allows the team to innovate, adapt, learn and succeed.  Learning from success and learning from failure.  I find the contrast particularly interesting when you look at other Formula One teams where the corporate culture is the opposite and long-term success is lacking.  Let people thrive, safe in the knowledge they are accountable, but free to innovate.

Outside of work, I am passionate about .....
playing trombone and Formula One (not at the same time).   I'm a member of the Salvation Army and play in the band at Clydebank.

My approach to achieving work life balance is ..... working hard to switch off and remembering it's important to have down time.  I regularly run, enjoying ParkRun in normal times.  I also like playing a bad game of golf or getting away to our caravan for a break.

First ever job?

Cleaning dog kennels in my family's business (unpaid, I might add).

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And, finally, what three words best sum you up?

Hardworking, supportive, fun

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