Ronan Dunne admits to being a bit of a financial geek as a child, reading the Financial Times and managing his own small share portfolio. “It’s fair to say I’ve been fascinated by business from an early age,” he smiles.
When Rhys Faleafa was General Manager of iconic New Zealand streetwear brand Huffer, he would pitch up at business meetings with people expecting him to be streetwise and enterprising. But what they don’t always expect is that he’s a qualified Chartered Accountant with a wealth of consultancy, lecturing and audit experience behind him.
When Martin Murray, finance director of Cathay Pacific Airways, recruits someone, he admits the Chartered Accountancy qualification can have a lot of sway. It has been well over 20 years since he himself qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Glasgow – but it’s an experience that still lives with him vividly.
Ian Livingston admits one of his defining traits is an impatience to make things happen. “It’s a belief, a knowledge, that things don’t have to be the way they are – you can change things if you are passionate, you care and you are willing to put in the hard work.”