Ten questions with Moree director Phil Alchin
4 December 2014
From being a sports tragic, to the importance of his friendships, we take a look at Phil’s childhood memories, important lessons learnt in life and quirky habits.
1. What are three words to describe you?
Passionate, Focused, Determined.
2. What is your favourite childhood memory?
I have fond memories of family holidays at The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast. Most years (farm permitting) we would head there in January for two weeks. I particularly remember the excitement when we would leave home at 4am to get there before it got too hot – there was no air conditioning in the car in those days.
3. What is the best advice you ever received?
We all make mistakes – the key is how we respond when we make a mistake and what we learn from these mistakes.
4. What was the most important thing you learned in school?
The importance of friendships. My five or six closest friends are all guys I grew up with.
5. What is one goal — either personal or professional — that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?
One day I would love to learn to play a musical instrument. My wife and son are pretty keen for me to learn the ukulele with them. They have even bought me one.
6. What was the last book you read?
In the Morning I’ll be Gone by Adrian McKinty. I find crime fiction a great release and, since our trip there, I am particularly interested in novels set in Northern Ireland.
7. Do you have a talent, hobby or interest that would surprise people?
I love getting involved with kids' sport. I love seeing kids of all abilities improve their skills and enjoy participating. I’m particularly passionate about junior cricket and do a bit of umpiring and also get involved in junior soccer. I love playing golf and tennis with my eleven year old son Jim and I’m a keen parent on the sideline at junior rugby.
Jim is becoming a sports tragic just like his father.
8. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
My iPad, although I hardly ever use it for work. I mainly use it to read online news and books.
9. What is one unique or quirky habit that you have?
Chief stirrer in the Moree office – particularly when it comes to relationship advice for our younger team members. Maybe this habit is more annoying than quirky…
10. Finish this sentence. Boyce to me is…
unique. Unique in the close relationships we have with our clients and in our approach to helping them maximise their wealth. Unique in the close relationship we enjoy within the director group and team as part of the Boyce family.