Industry Q&A: Roy Wilkinson, Company Secretary/Director at Akubra

Manufacturers' Monthly: What are your primary roles and responsibilities in your job? Give us a day in your working life.

Roy Wilkinson: Role encompasses all finance functions, Work Health and Safety, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Strategic Direction and all aspects of compliance. My days are varied – no one day is the same.

Manufacturers' Monthly: What training/education did you need for your job?

Roy Wilkinson: Bachelor of Economics Degree Majoring in Accounting followed by Qualification as a Chartered Accountant and then an MBA majoring in Marketing

Manufacturers' Monthly: How did you get to where you are today? Give us a bullet point career path. 

Roy Wilkinson: Short Career path – 10 years with a small chartered accounting firm based in Sydney followed by joining Akubra Hats and being here for 16 years

Manufacturers' Monthly: What tools and/or software do you use on a daily basis?

Roy Wilkinson: All the usual technologies that make you accessible 24 hours a day!!! When I first started at Akubra a significant proportion of my time was spent on the phone – this has now transformed itself to email where I receive and send on average at least 30 to 40 a day.

Manufacturers' Monthly: What is the one thing that you are most proud of in your professional life? 

Roy Wilkinson: Having the honour to be a Director of Akubra.

Manufacturers' Monthly: Biggest daily challenge? 

Roy Wilkinson: Getting through it!

Manufacturers' Monthly: Biggest career challenge? 

Roy Wilkinson: Continuing professional development in a regional area – keeping my skills current

Manufacturers' Monthly: What is your biggest frustration in your job? 

Roy Wilkinson: Interruptions!

Manufacturers' Monthly: What is the biggest challenge facing your business? 

Roy Wilkinson: The weight of expectation of remaining an iconic Australian manufacturer in a competitive environment with reducing tariffs and unfair playing fields.

Manufacturers' Monthly: Is there anything else about your job you want Australia to know about? 

Roy Wilkinson: As much as people joke about Accountants finance is one of the most diversified occupations you can get into. Always something different.


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