TwoScots Takes Two with Julie Raffe, Financial Director of Village RoadshowPosted May 13, 2019
#wegiveascot about chatting with people who inspire us. For this edition of Takes 2, TwoScots spoke with Julie Raffe, the Finance Director of Village Roadshow.
As many of you will already know, Village Roadshow is a mass media and entertainment company active in an exciting number of fields such as cinema, theme parks, film production and distribution. We talked with Julie about career longevity and work-life balance.
Success in Multiple Roles
“The key to success in multiple roles is not being afraid to take on new things.” When Julie says this, you can tell this is something she feels passionately about, and she has repeatedly demonstrated this with her diverse and highly effective set of skills.
But for many people, trying their hands at new things can be a source of anxiety, so how does Julie suggest dealing with this obstacle? ‘Being involved in business strategy is essential, as a means to see the bigger picture and so feel confident and relaxed even when completing new tasks’. Another key element is to find a mentor in the business who champions you.
Village encourages a culture of promoting from within. Because of this, Julie was able to experience several roles in different areas over her 29 year journey at Village, before taking on her current role as Finance Director. She notes the key challenge and opportunity of her latest position is how broad it is in scope. Luckily, the places from which she draws inspiration are varied, such as professional training with EY and KPMG, networking and being an active member of FEI (Financial Executive Institute), to name but a few.