Take 5 with the Interactive Team – Graeme Clark

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Each month we’ll be taking 5 minutes with the Interactive Team so you can get to know the faces behind the numbers.

Meet our Senior Adviser in Melbourne – Graeme Clark.

Graeme is one of our O.G staff members, originally joining the Sydney team in 2014 before making the move down south to Melbourne.
He’s our Virtual Financial Controller extraordinaire and speaks fluent ‘startup’. Graeme brings his talent for analysing numbers and to his portfolio of Startup & VC clients. He is passionate about all things tech and creating longevity & driving value in his client relationships.

 

Three words that best describe you:  

Loyal, Honest, Goofy.

Tell us about your hobbies:  

I’m fanatical about keeping fit – probably because I need to balance out my other loves – of coffee, good (Italian) food and red wine.  I’m also obsessed with the ‘Housewives of ‘ series. If I’m not watching that, you’ll find me reading up on the latest tech or hanging out in the Twitterverse.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Lasagne. I just can’t get enough Italian food.

What is the most memorable place you’ve travelled to and why?

The Maldives with my partner. It really is such an amazing part of the world – there’s nowhere quite like it.  

If you were being introduced at a conference/sporting match, what would your walk-out music be?

J-Lo’s “Let’s Get Loud”.  Who doesn’t love a bit of 90’s J-Lo? 

Aside from your main role at Interactive Accounting, what other specialist (side hustle) skills do you bring to the table?  

I’m an Excel Power user constantly looking to upgrade my skills. I’m also a dog person as much as I am a people person..  I will happily dog-sit all day every day.

An interesting Graeme fact that most people don’t know is… 

…that I grew up in Papua New Guinea.

You’re happiest when…

at home spending time with my family and my dog MeeMee.

What are two things you can’t live without? 

My glasses (I am literally blind) and my phone (which I would also be ‘blind’ without).

The 3 most valuable things you’ve learned during your 6 years at Interactive Accounting:

1. Treat your colleagues as Priority Number One

2. Always have a go and try to work something out yourself  first before asking for help.  It’s a good way to learn and you might surprise yourself with what you manage to work out.

3. There is never a one size fits all answer to any question.

What do you love most about working at Interactive Accounting?

The level of autonomy and flexibility in this accounting practice astounds me.  I also love the high level of technology adoption within the practice and our team – we’re always trying new products and on the lookout for the best platforms to help make our job easier and deliver more to our clients. 

Speaking of clients, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and build  long lasting relationships with some amazingly talented and focused people from high growth product startups and VC firms. Being able to advise and help them through important stages of their business such as cap raises has been an immensely rewarding experience.

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