Phil’s career involves working as an Accountant, moving overseas to work in investment banking, returning to Australia, buying a pub, and becoming the CEO of NAPCO. Phil details how he became the leader he is today and what each step in his career taught him. Full of rich stories, and a passion for business, Phil was a pleasure to interview and is fully deserving of the respect he holds within the Australian business community.
This episode is Co-Hosted by BRISCA Managing Director Sumith Dissanayake,and Jack Ferguson.
1:40 What do you do at the moment?
2:00 What does the Australian Pastoral Company do?
2:35 Who do you sell to?
3:25 Where do most of your properties lie?
5:10 Where did you grow up?
7:15 Did you not see the point in school?
8:50 What was your first job?
13:55 When did you feel like you wanted to move on from your first Accounting Job?
20:10 What was so different about working in the US?
21:00 What was San Francisco like in the late 90’s?
23:20 How did you evolve into the next stage of professional?
27:00 What was the cultural gap like between Australia and America?
27:50 What was the reasoning behind coming back to Australia?
30:30 What is QIC?
31:50 How did you get a job working with QIC?
33:50 Is it stressful to manage billions of dollars?
35:20 What are your thoughts around the ethics of managing other people’s money?
37:20 Can you tell us about the time you bought a pub?
40:20 What else contributed to the reasoning behind building a pub?
46:50 What were the first couple of weeks like running the pub?
47:50 What was the reasoning for coming back to Brisbane to work back at QIC?
49:35 Can you tell us about how you went from working at QIC to being the CEO you are today?
54:05 How did you start off as Chairperson?
55:35 What do you see as the difference between yourself and a full time CEO?
57:50 How would you approach your role as Chairperson vs your role as CEO?
61:20 How do you communicate to the board what is happening in the company?
62:50 When you look back on your career, what are the key mindsets and skills that you have developed to become a CEO today?
66:20 What is the goal for your company over the next 3-5 years?
68:50 How has the media attention on Climate Change impacted your decision making?
Where to find the Australian Pastoral Company:
Where to find Phil Cummins:
Where to find Five Founders:
Norman Hotel (https://www.normanhotel.com.au)
Resources & Companies Mentioned:
Brisbane Boys College High School (https://www.bbc.qld.edu.au)
Ernst & Young (https://www.ey.com)
Beaudesert Hotel (https://www.beaudeserthotel.com.au)
Co-Hosted By Sumith Dissanayake (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumith-dissanayake)
Co-Hosted By Jack Ferguson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackfergusonmymm)