Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:21

An Interview with Graeme Allan

In our introduction to the Life at AAB blog, we detailed how you would get a true insight into AAB by hearing from people at all levels throughout the firm. In the past few weeks you have heard mainly from AAB trainees however we are now opening up the blog so you can hear more from our senior and management team, and who better to kick things off than AAB’s Managing Partner, Graeme Allan.

Graeme joined the firm as a Partner in 2007 before becoming Managing Partner in 2015. As well as being Managing Partner Graeme is a tax partner in both the Corporate Tax and Transaction teams. He advises large corporate groups on a wide variety of specialist areas including, restructuring, managing taxes and corporate transactions. In addition, he has led a significant number of transactions for SME’s and advises them, and the entrepreneurs who own them, on all aspects of taxation.

Today we ask Graeme some questions on his career journey so far, business advice he would pass on and what he likes to do outside of work.


Did you go to college or university? If so what did you study?

Neither, I couldn’t wait to start work after fifth year. The year I left school, the Association of Accounting Technicians ran its qualifications course for the first time in Scotland. This involved one day of studying and 4 days at work. I landed a job in a great firm in Glasgow within the tax team


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A policeman. However in Strathclyde, where I grew up, you were unable to join the police until you were 21, so that didn’t fit in with my school leaver plan.


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given and what advice would you give to the next generation of business leaders?

‘It doesn’t matter how hard you party as long as you can do your job the next day’! No, but seriously, the best advice I have been given is ‘hard work is the route to everything’.

In terms of advice to the next generation of leaders: ‘encourage your team to push the boundaries as far as they can’.


What is your favourite way to unwind during time off?

Travelling, without a doubt.


What is your favourite part of your job?

Definitely working with people. My role involves working with a lot of clients and professional contacts meaning my days are always different, but I also love working in the team, closely with the very talented people we have in the firm.


Name someone you find inspiring and why they inspire you.

Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsi. She is all about focusing on driving value for shareholders through increasing the talent of her team and getting the most out of people.


What is one thing you love about Scotland and one thing you would change?

I love almost everything about Scotland but, after travelling, the one place I would move to would be Sydney. New office maybe?


Name one thing you are hoping to have tried or completed by the end of 2018.

By the end of 2018 I’m hoping to finally get myself down a black ski run, I have a holiday coming up so watch this space!