The Power of Friends and Family Headshot

Stephen White

BCom 1993

Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer at Yorkshire Building Society and Guest Lecturer with the University of Edinburgh

For Stephen White, the cultural experience of university and the friendships he made were just as formative as the business lessons he learned.

He remains close with his nine of his Business School peers today; they taught him the value of collaboration and diversity of thought, and thus helped shape his choices in life. This served him well in a celebrated international banking career that has taken him from branch manager to COO in companies around the globe, including Australia, Asia, Ireland, and the UK.

Today, his family are his number one priority. He works from home every Friday so he can do the school run, and encourages the directors he manages to work one day a week from home too, to boost their family time and space to 'think differently'.

While his ultimate goal in business is to 'help people save and buy homes', it pays to keep these strong family values front and centre. They impact his business decisions daily, and have helped determine his career journey.

Strong connections can educate and empower you. Take inspiration from those around you in both life and business—your friends and family could be the ones helping to shape your future.