CEO Q&A: John Atkin

Published 04 October 2012 04:11, Updated 04 October 2012 04:16

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What skills or qualities do you wish you had?

I have been known to be impatient. To be fair, it’s not the worse trait to have in business but sometimes my team might disagree.

How much time do you spend at your desk?

I don’t think chief executive officers should be too desk-bound. Naturally I spend a lot of my work day in meetings – speaking with clients, staff and stakeholders. But when I am not in meetings, I try to get around the office and speak with staff. Even when I am at my desk we work in an open-plan office. I am always available and not shut away in an office, which is very important for a CEO.

What is the best deal you’ve ever made?

The acquisition of the Guardian Trust in 2010 has proved a great business deal for The Trust Company. We were very similar companies offering trustee services from estate planning to bespoke philanthropic trusts. The fit has worked well together and our unique regional footprint (we have offices in Singapore, too) has proved a great business model for our group.

How do spend your downtime?

With my family (my wife and I have four children), walks with my two labradors and cooking. I’m not quite MasterChef standard but I do a mean Tandoori rack of lamb on the barbecue.

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