Careers that make a difference to the UK economy

Colleague case study - Barry McCulloch

"The opportunity to work for the Bank was a no-brainer"

Barry McCulloch
UK Network Senior Manager

As the eyes and ears of the Bank in Scotland, no two days are the same. Because the range of access to finance issues I cover are so wide and varied, I could be presenting in the morning at a workshop for business advisers to raise the profile of the Bank – and then running intelligence gathering meetings with angel investors in the afternoon.

What is typical about my working week is the Bank’s culture – it’s open, collaborative, and friendly. It’s one of the few places I have worked where the people are genuinely trying to live the organisation’s values.

Prior to joining the Bank in April 2022, I worked in a variety of policy roles in Scotland across the public, private and third sectors. At the Federation of Small Businesses, I led the FSB’s policy work in Scotland and managed key relationships within the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, and the wider business support ecosystem.

Before FSB, I was a freelance consultant for think tanks and economic development organisations. During this time, I co-founded an employability start-up, AAI employability, to tackle the graduate unemployment crisis in 2009-10.

By 2021, I was ready for a new challenge. Like many people, the Covid-19 pandemic led me to re-evaluate my career. I wanted to do something different, something more practical, and when I saw the opportunity to work for the Bank, I jumped at it.

What are you waiting for? It’s a great place to work. From the top down, the people are very friendly, and the work is meaningful.

There’s also a good balance between working hard and delivering the Bank’s mission, whilst having time to reflect, recharge, and refocus.

During the first two years of the pandemic, it was a legal requirement to work from home in Scotland. There was no choice. Today, that’s not the case. For the first time in my career, I have chosen to work remotely in a team that is almost entirely remote itself – and for an organisation that enables a multitude of work patterns.

In the short time I’ve been working here, I’ve found working remotely to be easy and straightforward. I have the IT set up I need – laptop, monitor, smartphone etc – to access systems and apps to stay connected and work collaboratively.

As a dad of two young children, working for an employer that enables staff to strike the right work-life balance is important – and the Bank manages to do this with ease. For instance, once a week myself and colleagues are encouraged to take an extra hour away from the desk – in addition to our lunch break.

Outside of work, I can usually be found running after my kids in parks, forests, and other toddler-friendly locations!

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