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Creative accounting: an unexpected career path

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Deloitte is one of the Big 4 accounting firms, home to the world's top number crunchers. But with a background in music, poetry and photography the career path of its Chief Marketing Officer owes more to arts than accounting.
My role as a Chief Marketing Officer is the outcome of a narrative that goes back 35 years, to a time when I was jamming with avant garde punk and industrial music anarchists in inner city squats, taking photographs for band album covers and writing abstract poetry and feature articles critical of the political system while studying radio and print journalism at the proto-Marxist communications course at the then New South Wales Institute of Technology.

I’ve always written poetry – apart from my voracious appetite for novels as a child I read a lot of ee cummings, Alan Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, John Keats, Kenneth Slessor and James Joyce and loved to play around with blank verse, stream of consciousness narrative and forms ranging from sonnets to haikus. At one stage I inveigled my way onto a bill of poetry readings at the Art Gallery of NSW, which to me at the age of 20 seemed the height of mainstream acceptance, and showed me that even nihilism had a bourgeois audience.

David Redhill

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