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A day in the life: David Morris

Having changed career from audit to industry to achieve better worklife balance, David Morris fulfilled a long-standing dream to conquer Everest. He tells Xenia Taliotis how the experience tested his mental and physical fortitude

Is there ever such a thing? However meticulously you plan your day, something invariably happens to force a different course of action. Dealing with accounting issues takes up most of my time, but I am planning a trip to our logistics business north of Seattle, and to our London and German offices before the end of the year.

I think most ACAs would say that accountants have an eye for detail, and I believe that not only applies to numbers, but also to words. I am typically the final reviewer of our public documents, such as annual reports and press releases – the person responsible for spotting the typos and ensuring consistency of voice and argument. Of course that might be because Americans like to defer to someone who’s English where grammar is concerned, but I think it’s more to do with the fact that I have an accountant’s brain. We’re able to see both the wood and each individual tree.