Roland Inglis to the CAPCO@HSBC Team

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When did you start at HSBC and what‘s your role and project?

I started onsite with HSBC 18th January. I have joined the Transformation Team as a PM working on the location strategy - for those not aware that is basically project managing the moves of roles from London to Scotland and offshore centres.

Where are you originally from?

Well, I was born in Germany in a small town outside Frankfurt (my folks, who are both Scottish, lived there for 5 years as my dad ran a Chemical company out there). I moved back from Germany to Cumbria, in the Lake District, to a small town called Cockermouth (home of William Wordsworth the poet and Jennings Brewery) where I spent my formative years. Lovely part of the world but also a bit of a time warp where nothing changes and most people are farmers or work at Sellafield nuclear plant - it's a great place to go back and visit.

Favourite film?

The Breakfast Club - great movie where the whole film is set in a school library during a weekend detention for a group of kids.

Favourite Author?

I am a big fan of autobiographies so, as you would expect, they are all written by different people! I most recently read Bear Grylls.

If you were stranded on a desert island which famous person would you have with you and why?

Jennifer Lawrence - the lead actress from The Hunger Games. Her rise to fame has been rapid so she must have some great stories; she was the biggest earning actress last year so is sure to attract a rescue team; she could kill the spiders on the island and, of course, she is in pretty good shape!

What‘s the most embarrassing song/artist on your music playlist?

The Spice Girls. I actually went to a Spice girls concert in Sheffield many years ago with a couple of mates - I am not sure why as none of us were really fans. Why am I sharing this embarrassing detail...?

What‘s your favourite sport?

Golf and Skiing - am I allowed 2? I am a keen golfer, playing at Dunbar in East Lothian here in Scotland most weekends. I also love skiing; my lads are all ski racers and better than me now but I can just about keep up with them!

What’s your proudest achievement?

My three boys make me very proud, but outside of family it was probably completing the Caledonian challenge (54 miles of the West Highland way in under 24 hours; my team did it in 19 hours).

What‘s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

Castaway Cay - a private island in the Bahamas owned by Disney and visited only by the Disney Cruise.

What else should we know about you, what’s your hidden talent, what else would you like to tell us about yourself?

I used to be a chef. When I was 13 I started chefing at a local hotel at weekends and school holidays working my way up to head chef at various restaurants and hotels in the Lake District to fund my studies at Uni (studying Biochemistry). Since then, my culinary skills have been restricted to cooking for friends and family; I do all the cooking in my house - much to my wife's delight!

Date for your diaries


Thursday, Feb. 25th, 6pm


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