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The Friday Interview: Dennis Nally of PwC

The Guardian 15 December 2011

Dennis Nally, global chairman of PwC, is a master of dodging tricky questions. Asked about his salary, he looks at his PR man, who quickly steps in to say it is not disclosed. We can presume it was in the millions, as PwC’s UK chairman, Ian Powell, took home £3.7m this year. “I would say I earn every dollar I make,” says Nally, a fit-looking 59-year-old. It is a bold claim in a climate where executive pay is under scrutiny. But Nally knows all about scrutiny: for three years, the European commission has been investigating the big auditing companies, culminating in recent proposals for a radical overhaul of the industry.

Is it safe for women to hitchhike alone?

The Times 30 April 2009

It is a dreary Tuesday afternoon and I’m standing at a deserted service station just outside Newcastle. I have been here for more than an hour. This is why people shun hitchhiking for more conventional modes of transport, I think.

Five years on, did first mass asbo succeed?

The Guardian 27 August 2008

They were dubbed the Malevolent Seven. At the height of asbomania, a group of youths earned what is thought to be the first mass antisocial behaviour order for terrorising their local area, urinating on doorsteps and stealing. The media leapt on the story, keen to reprint tales of these “monsters” who had racked up more than 100 convictions between them, and the new “get tough” powers of the police. Asbos, it was hoped, would stop the criminals of tomorrow falling deeper into crime.

Lap dancing: the daily grind

Times2 19 June 2008

Fiona, 29, is a peroxide blonde mother of two, who juggles a job selling media space with lap dancing two nights a week. She loves the money that she can make through her night job, but is starting to tire of the occupational hazards. “The thing that I hate most – it sounds really trivial – is when a customer’s breath smells, that’s gross. Or when they try to touch you or push you for more, which happens a lot.”

Microsoft’s Ballmer and his ‘brother’ Bill Gates

The Telegraph 15 October 2007

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is renowned for his whooping enthusiasm. This is the man who ripped his vocal cords while rallying the troops, who has been immortalised on YouTube screaming and jumping on stage in a terrifying display of hyperactivity.

SAP still rising as prog rock fan rolls on

The Telegraph 13 August 2007

Last time you bought something from the supermarket, it was most likely shipped using software powered by German giant SAP. The third biggest software company in the world quietly lubricates millions of business dealings each day with Teutonic efficiency.

Business profile: Lord Bilimoria – King Cobra stings rivals

The Telegraph 23 June 2007

Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea confides: “My great-grandfather was in the police and he had the unpleasant task of having to arrest Mahatma Gandhi three times.” By a simple twist of fate Bilimoria’s grandfather, a colonel in the Indian army, went on to protect Gandhi at the time of India’s independence. There was an awkward moment, so the story goes, when India’s new leader realised this man was in fact the son of his former captor but it fast evaporated.

IT providers left in the debris of NHS’s ‘big bang’

The Telegraph 28 September 2006

The Government’s hugely ambitious National Programme for IT, which aims to create electronic patient records and link all the NHS IT systems across the country, is a laudable attempt to drag the National Health Service kicking and screaming into the 21st century. However, the 10-year pounds 6.2bn project has been beset with controversy and delays.