Just a Minute with Donald McKinnon

Just a Minute with Donald McKinnon

Donald McKinnon

Donald McKinnon, managing partner at Wylie & Bisset chartered accountants, participates in our Just a Minute feature.


Donald McKinnon

Managing partner, Wylie & Bisset Chartered Accountants

How did you get started in the industry?

I joined an accountancy practice direct from securing my university qualifications. Last year marked my twenty-fifth at Wylie & Bisset.

Biggest professional achievement: 

Passing my exams is one thing, doing the job is another.

Best advice you received: 

Don’t be too eager to judge and the truth of the matter is often
found at the centre.

What do you like most about your job?

A level of autonomy and variety.

And the least? 

Bureaucratic legislation with unintended consequences.

What are the biggest challenges your firm has faced because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Trying to map a strategic plan and strategy post lockdown

What measures have you brought in to address these challenges?

Looking at ways to adapt to a modern culture that fits best with our staff and clients.

Will they stay in place after this is all over?

I would like to think lessons have been learned and that we will keep the new measures that have been shown to work.

Which newsletters/ bulletins do you receive? 

It’s hard not to receive most of them – reading them all is another matter!

How would you change Scottish Financial News?

I would welcome more in-depth features to complement the news items, together with more business and financial analysis/advisory pieces.

Do you read a daily newspaper?

 I migrated to online editions along with elements of social media, which tend to be more up-to-date as opposed to yesterday’s news.

Which social media sites do you use and which do you find the most useful?

I tend to use Twitter as it seems current.

Hobbies and interests:

Generally being outside, with the biggest pursuit being cycling – both road bike and mountain bike along with walking the dog.

Favourite holiday destination: 

Not found a favourite yet, as we do like to continually travel, although we do like parts of Asia

If you, or a colleague, would like to participate in the feature please contact newsdesk@scottishnews.com.

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