• William Tuffley - My career at BDO
Interview:

William Tuffley - My career at BDO

27 September 2021

“I came to BDO with a new and different idea. My leaders listened and now they share my passion, supporting me 100% and encouraging me to keep pushing the boundaries. Now I lead a service offering and have positioned myself as an expert in my chosen field.” 

William Tuffley, Associate Director, Business Services

What do you value about working for BDO?

The ability to provide my clients with the best quality service from a range of teams across the firm. Being able to tap in experienced and specialist knowledge is invaluable.

What attracted you to BDO?

On LinkedIn, I saw that BDO was doing some work with the Rugby Union Players’ Association. I’m very passionate about sport and helping sportspeople carve out a career and personal wealth after their career, so it caught my eye. After discussions with some of the team at BDO I quickly realised BDO’s values aligned with mine immensely.

How does working at BDO differ from where you have worked previously?

BDO is a lot bigger, providing me with access to a wealth of services and resources.

Do you think BDO lives its values?

Yes. They’re not just words that are set and left. Importantly, our people also ensure everyone in the firm is held accountable to stick to these values.

Which of your personal values aligns to BDO's values?

Playing sport since a young age and all the way into my thirties, I have always loved being part of a team. This is just how we operate at BDO, working collaboratively towards a common purpose with shared goals. On the sporting field I have seen the strengths and weaknesses of teams and how powerful it can be when a team is working in unison. We are definitely working as one at BDO.

How does it make you feel each day when working at BDO?

I thoroughly enjoy it. First and foremost because of the people I get to work with.

How would you describe the BDO culture in just three words?

Family orientated, team driven and client focused.

How does BDO support you to achieve your personal aspirations and career goals?

My leaders trust in my genuine passion to positively change the sporting landscape and provide me with the resources to help make it happen. They share my vision and support me 100%, so that empowers me to keep pushing the boundaries.

Has working at BDO provided opportunities you wouldn’t get working elsewhere?

I have been given the unique opportunity to focus on my passion by leading a sports specialisation and making a difference in the sector I am so connected to. I can combine my two passions - sport and helping people – and there is not much more I could ask for!

How does BDO empower you to keep thinking outside the box and put innovative ideas forward?

BDO and its people listen and respond to any idea appropriately. No one flicks your idea to the side if you are passionate enough about it and truly believe in it.

How do your ideas help your clients?

Thinking differently lets me come up with new ways to help my clients. This keeps them passionate about what they are doing and allows them to focus on their career with confidence around their financial future, making their ‘life after sport’ transition significantly easier.

The BDO values I most identify with are:

ONE – We work like a sporting team at BDO, working collaboratively towards a common purpose with shared goals.

STRIVE and BOLD - Thinking differently lets me come up with new ways to help my clients.

HUMAN – BDO and its people listen and respond to any idea appropriately. No one flicks your idea to the side if you are passionate enough about it and truly believe in it.

Find out more about what it’s like to work at BDO.