We want you to get to know our Corporate Finance team. Our ‘5 Minutes With…’ blog series continues with our Corporate Finance Partner, Steve Plaskitt…
What is your role and how long have you been part of the Tait Walker team?
I am Partner of the Corporate Finance team and Head of our Forensics team. I have been at Tait Walker for over 16 years, joining in August 2002.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love getting to work with different clients every day, understanding what makes them and their businesses tick and helping them achieve their goals.
What’s your favourite thing about the North East?
I came to study at Newcastle University 30 years ago and have lived and worked in the North East pretty much ever since. The original reason I chose Newcastle as a university was because I could see cattle on the town moor from the maths department building. Since then I also appreciate the football, the friendliness of the people, the Northumberland countryside – it’s castles, history and it’s coast.
Where is your ideal dinner date and why?
Well it would obviously be with my wife Helen who I met at Newcastle University and it would have to be at Langley Castle where we held our wedding. We go back regularly for anniversaries and it is always a treat to eat good food in the beauty and safety of the keep and it’s six foot thick walls!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
As a kid I really wanted to be Richie Cunningham in the TV series Happy Days! In reality, I grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire. I had a variety of early jobs helping on the farm at harvest time and then working for five years on a neighbouring mushroom farm. I assumed that I would eventually have a job in agriculture.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Anything in which I spent many hours practising as a kid – table tennis, 80s arcade games and pub quizzes.
Which charity is closest to your heart and how do you support them?
WWF (not the wrestlers!). I love animals and have given a proportion of my salary to the charity ever since I started working.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
I was once told that “a good deal is one where you would have accepted less and so would the other side.” It’s sometimes hard to strike that right balance in a deal in corporate finance, but the best deals that I have been involved in have all benefited from a large amount of goodwill from both sides.
What’s your favourite way to spend a Saturday morning?
I love getting up early and cycling with friends around Northumberland roads for a few hours – preferably in dry weather. Then a Newcastle United afternoon victory in the Premiership… which doesn’t happen too often!