Life at Deloitte
Director, Risk Advisory - Financial Services
Bob joined Deloitte in July 2015 as a Director in our Risk Advisory practice. He joins following a 34 year career in the RAF and attaining the rank of Air Vice-Marshal.
What were your reasons for leaving the military and why did you join Deloitte?
After more than 34 years in the RAF, during which time I reached the rank of Air Vice-Marshal, I was approaching the natural end of my RAF career but I wanted to leave with enough time to develop in a new and challenging environment. Deloitte offered me precisely that opportunity; lots of challenge and variety, whilst working with really high quality people in a top-tier professional services company.
What transferable skills and experience have you brought from the military?
The last 10 years or so of my RAF career saw me move into the Senior Leadership Team and accomplish a series of highly demanding roles working both within the MOD and across a range of other government departments. Over that time I gained extensive experience in crisis management and, as an RAF pilot, I had a full career’s worth of aviation experience. Logically therefore, crisis management and aviation are my specific areas of focus within Deloitte but I also bring 3½ decades of leadership, management, problem solving, agility and project management experiences, all of which are proving useful as I tackle new engagements within the firm.
What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
Since I started with Deloitte I’ve been focused on building new business opportunities along both the crisis management and aviation tracks. I have also been employed as part of a senior team conducting a very high level risk review within a global bank.
What was the biggest culture shock when you first started in professional services/Deloitte?
It wasn’t so much a shock but I was very struck by the diversity and dynamism of the day-to-day working environment.
What do you like most about your role?
The variety of challenges; the pace of life; the excellent people I’m working with; and the freedom to pursue new opportunities.
Tips for joining Deloitte with the right mind set
Everything is new so arrive ready to learn fast and work hard from Day 1. Bring your previous knowledge and experience to the table but recognise that those around you at every level have a huge amount to offer and use that to help you get up to speed quickly.
How do you deliver impact, leadership and innovation in your role?
My previous experiences are always a great talking point and bring me a degree of credibility at the start line, which is helpful. Thereafter, the challenges in Deloitte are not so very different to those in my past. Developing a rapport with the people you’re working with is key to success in my view. With good support, an agile mind and the freedom to explore new opportunities, there is a huge amount that can be accomplished.
What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
I’ve only been here 2½ months but I’m already actively engaged with the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme, and I’m a staunch supporter of the social events we have within my Service Line. As I get more integrated into the fabric of the firm, I’m expecting to play a fuller role in a range of wider activities.
How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
Deloitte provides me precisely the right opportunity to build on my military experience and forge a really successful second career. I’m already enjoying it immensely and think it is a great place to work and thrive.