Fast facts with Dale Cruz
Dale Cruz, an Associate Partner in Assurance from Gibraltar, shares some fast facts with us about his family, career at EY and beyond.
Dale trained as a Chartered Accountant in London after completing a degree at Canterbury, returning to Gibraltar in 2003. In 2004, he married Bella, his girlfriend from the age of 17. In 2005, his first daughter was born, followed by his second daughter in 2008. In 2013, EY Gibraltar was born, created from the audit and tax teams from the then Baker Tilly team. In his spare time, Dale enjoys Snow Boarding, Mountain Biking and Moto cross.
Accounting trainee in London
18 years working in Assurance
When I’m not working you’ll find me
On my bike or with my family
How would your friends describe you?
My friends will know that I can be a little rough around the edges and I am always willing to go for it, be it a steep downhill on the mountain bike or a challenge at work.
Name three things you always do each week?
- Mass on Sundays
- Choi Kwan Do with Eve (my youngest daughter) on Mondays
- Lunch with Ella (my oldest daughter) on Fridays
What inspires you?
Sounds cheesy, but being able to make a difference. For EY clients, in our community and for our people. I’m currently involved with the Young Enterprise Scheme as business advisor for a team of eight great students. It’s really rewarding to be able to help them on their journey and I’m looking forward to helping them prepare for their finals in June.
What does a perfect Friday evening look like?
I love Friday evenings. Ever since I was a student it’s been the time of the week where I will truly switch off. I have a rule, no studying or working on a Friday evening. Nowadays, I can’t wait to get home to crash on the sofa with the family and watch a movie.
What is your dream vacation and who would you take with you?
An action-packed trip to New Zealand with my wife and daughters. We enjoy activity based holidays but try and balance it with some relaxation time also.
What was your first job?
A summer job renting out paddle boats at the beach. My first proper job was when I joined an accounting organisation called Linn Maggs Goldwin, in East London.
What is it that makes Gibraltar unique?
Some would say our wild apes or monkeys, some will say our airport which has a level crossing to stop traffic when planes land. Gibraltar is difficult to explain as we have a British way of life with a Mediterranean influence and climate. I would say that our multicultural mix and heritage is what makes us unique as people. The best part is that because we’re small we’re a close community, and that works great when you need to get things done quickly.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The variety. Every day represents a new challenge or new opportunity and I love the buzz when it all works out.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
A lot can happen in five years and I am not one to plan that far ahead, but I am hoping to make Partner and lead EY teams through a period of unprecedented change in technology and regulation. We a period of unprecedented change in technology and regulation. We be an important part of it.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
A former senior partner once told me “Don’t focus on what others are doing, but to focus on doing the best that you can do. You will be rewarded by your actions and not your words.” I apply those words every day.
What advice would you give to others at EY?
With the right attitude, anything is possible. Be curious, be happy and smile.