Naeem Tabassum Interview

How long have you been crunching numbers for B&W?

Since Nov 2021. I have been in accountancy-based roles within the specialist finance sector for quite a few years, but this was another exciting new challenge to take on a full growth business role.

What got you into accountancy?

 Like many other individuals, it was by luck, but it provided a multitude of options. Accountancy is not industry specific, as a qualified accountant I can work pretty much in any industry or business sector. I could even run my own accountancy business if I don’t want to work for someone, however, I have seemingly found my niche, much to the delight of B&W.

What is the biggest challenge for the short-term finance industry in 2023?

The most important challenges for the businesses operating in the short-term finance industry are protecting their interest margins and business risk management. We are going through a period of recession, which could last until the end of 2024. Inflation, higher interest rates and slow economic growth are likely to make it even harder for the short-term industry to cope with the challenges, especially protecting their interest margins.

Someone told me you have written a book, is this true and what is it about?

Yes, this is true. I have written a book about the importance of corporate governance and organisational performance. The book is based on my PhD work, where I studied over 300 listed companies and looked at the impact of their board structures on their financial performance. The key find discussed in the book is about moving away from the tick box culture of corporate governance. Companies can use corporate governance as a tool to mitigate business risks.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

To be honest there is no such thing in my life which I can call spare time. For me, spare time is when you are not working – I find it difficult to switch my brain off and if I manage to shut my brain off, then I sleep.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know? 

Two things for you. Firstly, and not sure I should admit this, but when I was at school my maths was very poor. The best thing about an accountancy qualification is you don’t need to be a maths genius.

Secondly, most people see me as a placid good guy type figure. I believe everyone is trustworthy unless they prove otherwise. However, under this calm exterior I can get very angry, but rather than take it out on others, I deal with it myself and keep the collective look.

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