Name:                         Julian Liddy

Graduating Year:       2003

Degree:                       BComLLB

UNSW Volunteer:       Director of the UK Foundation Board of UNSW

 

What inspired you to study the degree you chose?

From a young age I had a keen interest in business and was very fortunate to come from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners. My family had seen both good times and hard times in business, so I was keen to ensure I had a solid grounding in a both the basics of commerce as well as a professional discipline. A combined commerce/law degree from UNSW gave me the best of both of these worlds and opened up a number of opportunities in both the legal profession and in business.


What led you to your current position and chosen career path?

I was fortunate enough to secure an internship at Macquarie Bank in the summer of 2000; the end of my third year at UNSW. My plan was to do an internship in business/finance and then apply for a legal internship the following summer at which point I’d figure out what I wanted to do! I ended up staying at Macquarie and never moved in to phase two of my plan! I’m still at Macquarie some 17 years later – it is a fantastic business and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with some very talented people in various parts of the world.


What has led you to reside in the United Kingdom?

I ended up in the UK more by accident than design. There was an opportunity to get involved in setting up a new business for Macquarie in London – I put my hand up and moved over quite quickly back in 2004, not knowing how long I would stay. Although I’ve toyed with the idea of returning to Australia, I’ve haven’t been able to tear myself away from London – it is a fascinating place to work and live: a true melting pot of people from all over the world.


What are your fondest memories from your time studying at UNSW?

Without a doubt the great times I had on campus with all of the fantastic friends I made, many of whom are still very close friends today. 


If you could have given your ‘uni self’ some advice what would it have been?

Work hard and get involved in as much as possible. You’ll meet some amazing people.


Why did you decide to join the UK Foundation Board?

I wanted to give something back to a place that had given me so much. 

 

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