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How Did I Get Here? Bernard Taylor, Spring PLC

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22nd Mar 2005
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Continuing our How Did I Get Here? series, Bernard Taylor describes his career from his initial training at BTR to being Finance Director of Spring PLC.

1. Current job title
Finance Director

2. Describe your initial training within the profession
Originally with BTR, probably the best company in the UK in the 1980's (I'm sure there's a strap line for an advert there!!)

3. What positions have you held?
From banking when I first left school, to various accounting positions with engineering and electronic companies, to the service industry, where I have been for the past 9 years

4. What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering the profession?
Do you want to make a difference to the workplace, and the environment in which you work and live? Make sure you have a sense of humour, and that you can infuse people with that humour and make work enjoyable and fun!

5. Is there a significant event you can tell us about which had an impact on your career?
Working in a bank and realizing that there must be more to life than being in a meaningless hierarchical structure.

6. What is your overall view of the finance industry and the people in it?
Getting better, more and more 'human' faces dispelling the myths of 'boring accountants',(god bless Monty Pythons.)

7. Who most inspired you to get where you are today?
Me'..

8. What has been your greatest achievement?
Qualifying as a CIMA Accountant without re-sitting any exams!!!
Appearing on BBC TV in my band in 1987!!!!

Previous career profiles
All the previous career profiles can also be seen in the special How Did I Get Here? page.

Have you got any useful insights or cautionary tales that could provide useful pointers to aspiring accountants? If you would like to contribute to the 'How Did I Get Here' feature please email our employment correspondent: Dawn-Marie Dart

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