Jeremy Singham joined the Group in 2010 as a Fund Accountant and fast forward to 2020, he was promoted to Client Services Director, Funds. Jeremy is based in London and manages a team of Client Services Managers, Accounting Managers and Accountants.
Over the years, Jeremy has worked with a diverse group of people from clients to global colleagues. We asked Jeremy about his current role and what diversity means to him in the workplace.
Tell us about your current role.
In my current role I’m leading a large team of Accountants and Managers in the Funds world, whether it be Real Estate, Private Equity or Infrastructure Funds – and sometimes Hybrid Funds. Since the fears of Brexit and Covid have somewhat eased, we have seen a big increase in Fund launches and investments in the Funds world, especially from existing clients. Due to the high services levels that the teams provide, Fund Managers come to us to administer these new funds, sometimes without speaking to other service providers – this is a real source of motivation and a great reflection on the IQ-EQ brand and level of bespoke service we provide.
What does diversity mean to you?
To me, diversity means being surrounded by people from all different walks of life and giving each and every one of them the same chance and opportunities. I feel privileged living in the UK where we welcome people from all backgrounds and embrace different cultures and values. People are different, so let’s embrace it and make a change.
What are the benefits to having a diverse workplace?
By having a diverse workplace, it means we are leveraging off the skills and knowledge of a global work force. Just think about that for a minute…the cream of the crop from different countries, contributing ideas, making changes, educating those around them – all of these different skillsets under the umbrella of a single employer.
If I was leading a company, that would fill me with a great assurance that I have the best people – and increasing the chances of maximising service delivery.
The other benefit is educating people on the different cultures, languages, personal situations, so everyone is aware that people are different and realising that’s a good thing – how boring would it be, if we were all the same? I don’t think we would be learning much.