Richard MacDonald

Richard MacDonald from MacRoberts on the lasting impacts of moving office to the IFSD and how joining Glasgow Young Professionals was one of his best ever decisions.

I've worked for MacRoberts my entire professional career, having joined as a trainee in 2009. I specialise in pensions law, principally providing legal advice to the trustees and employers of occupational pension schemes and supporting other departments in the firm (such as the Corporate, Employment and Projects Groups) on pensions matters. We also have a trustee company, MacRoberts Trustees Limited, which provides professional trustee services to occupational schemes.

In 2010, MacRoberts' Glasgow office was moved to the Capella building on York Street. It was a transformational change, in terms of our office environment (from an old tenement on Bath Street to the tallest building on the Broomielaw) and in our working culture. It was definitely a positive move, and it's fair to say that anyone who visits our office is hugely impressed by the panoramic views of the city, which takes in Glasgow Green, the River Clyde and the SSE Hydro, as well as a couple of well-known football stadiums!

The IFSD is a great place to work in, and momentum is clearly building with the likes of HMRC, Barclays and CYBG investing hugely in new premises in the area. The IFSD is well-served for food and drink options and there are some great independent restaurants and coffee shops. You will probably find me in Where the Monkey Sleeps most days of the week!

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As a city with a real community feel to it, Glasgow has been a brilliant place to develop my professional network. A big part of that development was down to joining the organising team of Glasgow Young Professionals, a networking group for those in the early stages in their careers. The membership has grown from just a handful of people at the first ever event in 2010 to over 2800 today. During the time in which I helped run GYP, I met people from a huge array of professions at events - not just people from 'traditional' networking spheres such as financial services and law, but also entrepreneurs, doctors, pilots, magicians, professional golfers and opera singers! As well as being a great way to get to know the city, GYP events are ideal for anyone who would like to develop their networking skills and meet like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment.

Speaking of the environment, I am also a member of the Leaders Network of the 2050 Climate Group, having completed the charity's Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) in February 2018. The 2050 Climate Group is an incredible organisation, bringing together over 130 under-35s each year from across Scotland who are passionate about the environment. It trains them in how to change their lives and influence others in personal, political and professional terms.

The YLDP is an immensely energising course, and has inspired me to look at various aspects of my life from a whole new perspective. In the context of living and working in Glasgow, the 2050 Climate Group is a great forum for discussing how we can shape our city to ensure that it can be enjoyed by people for generations to come - both for business and for pleasure. I think that the very nature of how we utilise city space will change dramatically in the coming years - particularly with the rapid rise of online shopping - but we should not just view this as a challenge: it is an opportunity too.

Most of my friends and family still live in Glasgow, so when I'm not visiting new countries I spend time with them, going to the cinema, playing football (poorly) or tennis (terribly). It's also an unofficial personal goal of mine to visit every destination in the Southside brunch scene!

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