It was the right time for me to move away from the corporate world. I was there for more than 30 years, the last 15 in very senior roles as a Chief Financial Officer at local, regional and European level.
I enjoyed the corporate life – elements of it, anyway. I had done some internal interim roles before and making this move now felt like a natural progression in terms of the breadth and depth of my experience.
Put it this way, I felt there must be plenty of places out there looking for someone with my kind of skill set.
I had been with my last company for 10 years and things had got a bit staid. It was the end of the year – not a great time for a career transition, with people tending to hang on until March, when the bonuses are paid. That’s definitely the case with my previous employer.
But for me it felt like the right time to dip my toe in the interim world. If I like it, great. If not, after completion, I know I can always move back into corporate life.