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Top role for CA boosts number of women in senior roles

Sue Dawe CA, EY’s Head of Financial Services in Scotland, has joined the accountancy firm’s UK Board. Sue’s appointment means that five of the 10 positions on the Board are now held by women, strengthening the diversity of the firm’s senior leadership.  Here Sue talks to Andy Harbison about her new role and how she… Read More Top role for CA boosts number of women in senior roles

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The evolution of hedge fund management

By Andrea Murad Robert McEwan CA, Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, discusses the hedge fund landscape, his role at one of the largest hedge funds in the world and challenges in the industry. Why did you decide to work in the hedge fund industry? I became intrigued by the financial services industry when I… Read More The evolution of hedge fund management

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Toxic tone from the top

By Chris Sheedy Toxic leaders exist only if the culture allows. What does a toxic tone from the top look like, and how can it be changed? At her first job interview after graduating from a Law degree in the 1990s, Katriina Tahka learned an important lesson about the way the business world worked at… Read More Toxic tone from the top

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How employers can help solve the savings crisis

Responding to ICAS’ fourth question of its Challenging Conversations on pensions, Iain McLellan and Jennifer Shaw, discuss how employers can help their employees become more informed about what they need to save for retirement. In a recent survey more than half (51%) of respondents believed that the Government’s minimum automatic enrolment contribution rate of 8%… Read More How employers can help solve the savings crisis

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Navigating the minefield of succession planning

Running a business can be all-consuming and, for many business owners, “firefighting” would be a common description of the working week. It’s no surprise that for many of them, thinking ahead to a formalised exit strategy is often neglected. Succession planning is difficult enough without the curve balls that life can throw at you. With… Read More Navigating the minefield of succession planning

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Impact of technology on financial services

The greatest challenges and opportunities for most FS businesses today stem from technology, says Tom Colraine. The financial services sector is exposed to rising threats from people who want to steal personal data, intercept and amend communications, misappropriate assets for their own use or hold organisations to ransom. Businesses need to continually improve their defences… Read More Impact of technology on financial services