Craig Vickery

Head of ACCA Scotland

IFSDG:  How long have you worked in ACCA

Craig:  I've worked for ACCA for 19 years.  Prior to that I was with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC)

IFSDG:  How many people work at ACCA?

Craig:  Around 1200 staff work for ACCA globally, 650 are employed at our Glasgow Administrative Centre of Excellence .  I am responsible for ACCA Scotland - the face of ACCA in Scotland.

IFSDG:  What is the vision for ACCA in Glasgow?

Craig:  I want to ensure ACCA Scotland adds direct value to our members by using ACCA's unique global footprint and network to cement our position as the leading advisor, on the world of finance, to Government, business and the profession in Scotland.

IFSDG:  What's a typical day for you?

Craig:   On a typical day members are the main focus.  A typical day is spent promoting ACCA's research, highlighting our views on the future of the finance profession.  I tend to be out the office for 80% of the time so a lot of time is spent meeting with senior figures from Government, business and of course the membership.

IFSDG:  Why did ACCA choose to locate in the IFSD in Glasgow?

Craig:   ACCA has been part of the Glasgow finance sector for many years.  In Glasgow we find a loyal and committed workforce, who believe in our values, and are passionate about what we do.  Skills are readily available and our relocation to 110 Queen Street in November demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Glasgow.

IFSDG:  Three good things about working in Glasgow?

Craig:  The people; the ease of getting about and premises.

IFSDG:  What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Craig:  I consider that seeing ACCA's member and student base approach 10,000 (nearly 10 times the level when I joined) is my best business achievement to date.  I've been lucky to work with some fantastic, committed people.

IFSDG:  What is the best investment you ever made?

Craig:   Buying Euros on 22 June 2016.

IFSDG:  Which businessperson or company do you most admire and why?

Craig:  Disney - their focus on delivering great customer service, their ability to enthuse their employees to take real ownership of their company and the way that they understand their customer - the flows, their behaviours and what makes them happy.  

IFSDG:  What did you want to be when you were a child?

Craig:  I wanted to be a professional trombonist.  I still play in the Clydebank Salvation Army band and as a hobby.

IFSDG:  What do you do to relax away from the office?

Craig:   I enjoy running, playing golf and playing trombone and I do like my holidays.

IFSDG:  I-Phone or Android?

Craig:  IPhone

IFSDG:  Favourite band?

Craig:  Beautiful South

IFSDG:  Favourite sport?

Craig:  Formula 1

IFSDG:  Favourite movie?

Craig:  The Italian Job (the original)

IFSDG:  Sunshine or snow?

Craig:  Sunshine

IFSDG:  and finally, what three words sum you up?

Craig:  Fun, enthusiastic, thoughtful

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