Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir Hugh Collum - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir Hugh Collum - If I Had to Start Again

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I'd have gone to university. Not going is one of my regrets. I had an opportunity with Lybrand early on and signed up for that. My father probably breathed a sigh of relief and never mentioned going to university to me, but I think I'd have had three useful, enjoyable years had I gone. I probably would have gone to a US business school too. Mathematics always interested me, as did the City. I suspect I might have gone into investment banking, but I'm glad I did the accountancy training because that gave me a wonderful foundation. Finance interests me, and that's how my career developed.

My lucky break came when the Courage group finance director retired and I took over at the age of 31 - that's what got me off the bottom rung.

Getting that job gave me the kick-off I needed. I've always been quite ambitious and wanted to be involved with bigger, growing, successful organisations, and the brewing industry gave me that start. …

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