As Regional Head North East, Aidan has a busy role leading the team at UBS' Newcastle office. We caught up with him to find out more about what makes a great leader.
Describe your role in no more than 100 words.
My role is split in two. Part of my time involves managing the Newcastle office and the remainder is spent as a client advisor looking after clients and growing my business.
What is it the company does?
UBS is the world's largest wealth manager helping families and individuals successfully manage their wealth and achieve their longer term goals.
What do you believe makes a great leader?
Set a good example in all that you do, listen and respect colleagues' opinions and recognise your weaknesses.
What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?
Dealing with changes in work personnel to ensure we retain a strong and unified team.
How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?
Lots of exercise and more recently I have started practicing mindfulness
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Any pet hates in the workplace?
Not really, other than when cakes or biscuits are brought in and I'm trying to eat healthily at work!
Where do you see the company in five years time?
Building steadily on the existing fantastic wealth management business we have here in the UK, with the regional offices playing an ever bigger part.
What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?
Back yourself, challenge yourself and surround yourself with good people.
Where did you start your career?
I started as a trainee stockbroker at a local firm in 1990.
Give us a brief timeline of your career so far.
1990-98 – Wise Speke
1998-2002 – Merrill Lynch
2002-2004 – Laing & Cruickshank
2004 to date – UBS Wealth Management