Q. How did your training with the firm equip you for your career?
While with PwC, I worked with a wide variety of clients across many industry sectors from banking to telecoms to manufacturing which deepened my business and commercial skills. It is this experience, advising and helping clients to develop their businesses that really stood to me. However, it is the people at PwC and the friends that I made that really made PwC a great place to work and a great starting point for any career.
Q. What path has your career followed since leaving the Firm?
I am a member of the Institute of Directors and have served on the Boards of both public and private companies, including Bord na Mona and Sherry FitzGerald. I am currently a Non-Executive Director of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and An Post and Chairperson of FM104.
Q. Have you found the PwC Alumni Network beneficial?
In addition, the regular communications and technical updates ensure that you stay up to date on the latest developments. In particular, the regular PwC points of view and insights ensure I am up to speed on the business issues of the day. But most importantly, it provides a valuable platform for sharing knowledge and perspectives with colleagues and particularly in the current environment having a supportive network around you is critical.
Q. What is the most valuable business lesson you have learnt?
Q. You are currently sitting on a number of boards, including An Post and St Vincent's Healthcare Group. How do you see the increased focus on Corporate Governance impacting on Non- Executive Directors?
In our continuing difficult operating environment, the application of sound corporate governance principles is critical. Now more than ever, a new approach is needed. One that is not afraid to challenge previous practices and that insists on personal accountability at all levels in the organisation. When there is the slightest sign of an irregularity, Non-Executives must ensure they have asked the right questions and obtained answers that make sense and that feel right.
Q. How do you see the business outlook for the future?
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