Geraint Davies

Geraint Davies CBE, Economics & Statistics

Alongside a career in accountancy Geraint has held a number of board positions for several charities and not-for-profit organisations and was made CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours.

It was a) the course b) the campus c) the coastline

My tutor Mark Gifford-Gifford was inspirational - we are still in touch

I qualified ACA in 1979 with Deloitte Haskins & Sells ( now PwC ). I was a partner at Grant Thornton from 1988 -2013 and then retired. During my time at Grant Thornton I held numerous fee earning roles from audit partner of listed Co.'s to M&A partner, litigation support, internal audit and investigations partner. Internally I held a number of management roles including being elected to the firm's Partnership Oversight Board.

During my time as a partner (and since) I have chaired or been a board member of a number of charities / non for profit organisations including Wales Millennium Centre Welsh Rugby Union, Music Theatre Wales, Chapter Arts and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In addition I am the principal advisor to the Aberfan Disaster charities a role I have held for > 35 years ( October 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the disaster where 116 children and 28 adults were killed by a sliding coal tip )

I was very humbled to receive a CBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours principally for my work with charities and charitable causes in Wales.

I am running a literacy project for Key stage 2 children persuading firms to let their staff help with reading in primary schools and am part of the Maggie's Cancer care capital fund raising team. I am a lay member appointed by the Lord Justice's Dept. of one of the advisory committees who interview people applyint to become a Magistrate I have a number of corporate roles either as NED or as adviser. I mentor a number of FD's MD's and some students. I guest lecture at Cardiff Business School on accountancy issues and trends in Corporate Governance. I write articles for a local paper and am trying to write some fiction

Every day is different but I now no longer a 100 hours a week which it was as a full time partner in Grant Thornton. Now, although I am busy, I chose what I do and enjoy the variety of work.

Since I work in the private sector public sector and not for profit sector I get to interconnect with people who I would never otherwise meet and engage with.

I use my macro economic training all the time and, surprisingly to me, even regression analysis!

The accountancy profession is hugely competitive and ever more regulated. I don't think a new student into a major firm can know whether they want to spend their time in the profession until at least 2 years after qualifying.

What I do know, as somebody who has interviewed many hundreds of students, is that you need to invest real time effort and thought in the application and interview process otherwise you will not get the chance to tell a recruiter how good you could be!

Keep doing what I am doing and find time to get to a few more projects which really interest me.

a) Broaden your thinking and knowledge

b) accept that to succeed you will need to be 100% committed and remember the 5P's: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance