Charles Rattray

Occupation: Regional Practice Lead - NA, BMC Software

First Car: I wanted an Alpha Beta Spyder. I got a Honda Prelude which I named 'Cedes'.

Favorite Restaurant: Christopher's American Bar & Grill, Covent Garden, London. It wasn't about the food or the location; just a special moment for my wife and I.

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). My age
b). My weight
c). My place of birth

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Moving my family from London to New York to work with Tideway .... or maybe it was living in a tent selling doughnuts on a beach in the South of France .... or maybe it was sailing from London to Sydney on a cruise liner as a two year old ...

What's your best childhood memory?

Learning to ride a bicycle, aged six - the freedom was awesome.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

My Mum before she died. I would have told her how much I love her.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Completing an MBA on a part-time basis. Also the easiest, with all the support that my wife gave me.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Loading the family into the car and exploring upstate New York on the weekend, then arriving home, packing the kids off to bed and enjoying a good bottle of wine with my wife and friends.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

"Wine Spectator”, October 2008.

Favorite business book has to be “Re-imagine" by Tom Peters.
Second favorite is “Radical Careering” by Sally Hogshead.
Most fun recent read was “Ronnie: The Autobiography” by Ronnie Woods of Rolling Stones fame, and I’m a sucker for any Ian Rankin books featuring John Rebus.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

The end of poverty.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Autism Research Institute. Anyone affected by autism benefits from their research and, as everyone knows, our children represent our future.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d be a serial entrepreneur using other peoples’ resources, time and budgets to introduce high return, but worthwhile, ventures into the world.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

A beer, a twenty minute interview, and the promise of fun.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Think about and practice providing value. Worry about the P&L later. Knowledge is your secret weapon. Study Friedman and Peters.