Tim Corfield

Partner, Deloitte

IFSDG:  How long have you worked in Deloitte?

Tim: 19 years

ISDG:  How many people work at Deloitte?

Tim: 600 in Scotland and over 16,000 in the UK

IFSDG:  What is the vision for Deloitte in Glasgow?

Tim: To make a positive impact on the reputation and success of our clients, the economy and the wider society in Glasgow.  It's a vision that has spanned our 160-year history. In 1849, William Deloitte invented a rigorous system to protect investors in the expanding Great Western Railway network against fraud. Such was its success that the company's shareholders recommended the practice of external auditors be adopted into law. And so both the independent audit, and Deloitte as a firm, were born.

That innovative mind-set of William Deloitte lives on in our firm today, as we push the boundaries of our work in consulting and corporate finance advisory. By harnessing the power of technology, our people are responding to the ever-evolving needs and challenges of clients and society. From the outset, our values of quality and integrity have never wavered. We seek to drive higher standards of governance and transparency through our audit and tax practices, bringing confidence to the key decisions of business and government alike.

IFSDG:  What's a typical day for you?

Tim: Usually starts around 6 am checking overnight emails, a reflection of the global nature of business today. Then it's getting the kids organised for school and a short trip into the office. I like to be in around 8ish so I can get organised and plan out anything new that has arisen overnight and prepare to brief the team accordingly. Mornings tend to focus on reviewing work from the previous day followed by discussions with clients. Afternoons are more fluid and often depend on where we are in any deal process. If it looks like I might need to join calls later in the evening I tend to go home earlier and set up my home office. The day usually ends with some music and time to chat through the day with the family.

IFSDG:  Three good things about working in Glasgow?

Tim: The people, the vibrant culture, the weather (believe it or not it's very mild all year round)

IFSDG:  What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Tim: It's the realisation of a lifelong ambition to become a partner and I'm proud to have achieved this with Deloitte. The establishment of a dedicated Sale and Purchase Agreement Advisory team in Glasgow has been a real success story for Scotland. We have drawn on the talent pool in Scotland, with a really strong embedded knowledge of doing deals in an applied way, and now have a well-established centre of excellence. Over the last three years, we have worked on some 250 projects including many high-profile transactions both here in Scotland but also across the UK

IFSDG:  What is the best investment you ever made?

Tim: Buying my house

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

Tim: Steve Jobs which sounds a cliché but, in many ways, he reinvented himself by going back to Apple to do something differently. I take inspiration from this.

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

Tim: A professional golfer

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

Tim: Listen to music, cook, spend time with my partner and children although having a 18-year-old isn't relaxing

IFSDG:  I-Phone or Android?

Tim: iPhone

IFSDG:  Favourite band?

Tim: Coldplay

IFSDG:  Favourite sport?

Tim: Motor racing f1

IFSDG:  Favourite movie?

Tim: Spectre

IFSDG:  Sunshine or snow?

Tim: Snow

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

Tim: Passion, drive and enthusiasm

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