VCX: Hi John. So, let's start with your career history and what brought you to Vicinity?
JN: I started my career at PwC, which oddly enough is from where my passion for retail grew. Over the 10 years I was there, I mostly worked on property and retail clients so really began to understand and appreciate the industry.
I left PwC and for the next three years worked in Finance for a retail start up before then joining The Gandel Group, which through various corporate changes, eventually landed me at Vicinity.
I was in Finance for the first 21 years of my time with Vicinity and was responsible for most of this time for the operational Finance functions.
I was lucky enough to be offered a career coach by Vicinity during COVID-19 which challenged me to think laterally about new opportunities that l could pursue. I love working for Vicinity and put my hand up for a lateral career move into an operational management position as Regional General Manager Victorian shopping centres.
I am very grateful to the business for this opportunity and have loved the transition and ability to be at our assets working with our passionate teams.
VCX: That's quite a journey! What transferable skills have helped you moving from Finance into Property Management?
JN: I was initially employed, particularly at PwC, for my technical ability but I would like to think that I have used this technical knowledge as a foundation to then become a good people leader which is important in my new role.
My role is to provide leadership, trust and support to my teams and to enable them to thrive in their roles. The leadership skills that l have developed over my career are therefore what l see as the most important transferable skill in moving from Finance into Property Management.