About Duncan Brodie

I’ve helped more than 8,000 accountants and professionals to move forward in their career, improve their presentation skills, be better business partners and recruit and select staff.

Before I set up Goals and Achievements in 2006, I spent 25 years in accounting, internal audit and risk consulting roles in the private (PwC, EY and TSB) and public (NHS) sectors. 

As I climbed the career ladder from 15-year-old Payments Clerk to Finance Director of an NHS Trust, I realised something that has become the foundation for my business now:

It isn't the most technically brilliant accountants who reach more senior levels.

To land the job you want, you must be able to market and sell yourself. To be a success once you’re there, you need to understand the aspirations of those you work with: your boss, colleagues or the people you partner with across your organisation.

Seeing the world from your audience’s perspective will make you a more effective job hunter, communicator and partner.

Stand out as an all-rounder.

That is why my online workshops and courses focus on competences that build on your professional qualifications. These non-technical skills will give you the edge when you are applying for a new position and make you more effective once you are in it:

  • Securing your next job. Helping you to get clarity, and to market and sell yourself to employers authentically, without being salesy.
  • Presentation skills. Getting your message across clearly, concisely and confidently, even if you hate presenting.
  • Business partnering. Working effectively with those that you partner with to make decisions, shape strategy and achieve results.
  • Recruiting and selecting the right staff.  Helping you to hire the best person for the role and your team.

Get closer to your goals right now.

You can make a start today, by visiting my Goals and Achivements blog and my YouTube channel. You’ll find plenty of videos and more than a thousand articles which give you tips on how to achieve your next move and make the most of it once you’ve arrived.

Having worked extensively with professional organisations and networks – CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA, AAT, HFMA, Wales Deanery, NHS Wales Finance Academy and the NHS Skills Development Network – I now regularly speak and deliver workshops live and online for their community.

If I can do my bit to help shape someone’s future success, that gives me great satisfaction. Contact me now. Let’s have a conversation about how I can support you or your team, as you move forward – just as I have done with these clients:

Emma Bailey, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Duncan regularly presents at CIMA events on a variety of subjects such as presentation skills, leadership and business partnering. He clearly spends time researching information beforehand to make the session far more beneficial. He also delivers the topics in a very interesting and relevant way. We consistently receive a great deal of positive feedback from the attendees. They are very praising of Duncan and mention they have greatly enjoyed and benefited from the sessions Duncan has provided.

Business Partner Workshop delegate

The various skills and techniques that were highlighted, I believe myself – and probably a few of the other participants – were doing unconsciously. But the workshop allowed us to recognise these skills, techniques and attributes and how they should be used within different contexts of the business partner role. It was a very good session. It will help me in my role to become a better overall business partner and address certain areas where I can make more progress.

Presentation Skills Workshop delegate.

There were many great tips and tricks which will assist me in future presentations. The guidance for time spent preparing for a presentation and the myths were particularly helpful.

Stuart Wayment, FSD (Finance Skills Development) lead NHS South East Coast

Duncan is a highly professional trainer who I have worked with on a number of occasions, delivering on a range of topics from technical to personal development. He has the ability to communicate well with a broad spectrum of people and is always willing to tailor his delivery to meet the needs of his audience. Feedback from delegates for Duncan’s workshops has been consistently good.

Interview Skills Workshop delegate at Health and Care Research Wales

I thought it was a very insightful day. It helped boost my confidence about my technical and non-technical skills going into the interview process. Although I was not prepared for the 1-2-1 interview like I would be in real life, it was still great practice for answering quick-fire questions and thinking on the spot.