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Fresh faces: Ex-footballer makes new career at Glasgow IFA

Kevin McCann has made a career as an adviser after leaving the world of professional football.

Kevin McCann, trainee financial adviser, Independent Benefit Consultancy

It is not every week we feature a Scottish League Cup winner on our Fresh Face page. But we have that honour on this occasion, as we sit down for a chat with former Hibernian star Kevin McCann.

These days you can still see McCann in action on the pitch for Scottish third tier side Albion Rovers, but he also holds the role of trainee financial adviser at Independent Benefit Consultancy (IBC) in Glasgow.

McCann’s career has been a Boy’s Own story. The 29-year-old took his career well beyond the lively stadiums of Scotland, and the homely whiff of scotch pie and Bovril. He moved to Singapore, and Warriors FC, the club with which he became the first Scotsman to ever win an S. League title.

During this two-season stint in Singapore, McCann started thinking about life after football. The inspiration to delve into financial advice came from former footballer Pete Cormack, who gave McCann advice in the early stages of his career. ‘The way he helped me back then was great,’ reflects McCann. ‘The opportunity to help other people get advice really appealed to me.’

Kevin McCann, trainee financial adviser, Independent Benefit Consultancy

It is not every week we feature a Scottish League Cup winner on our Fresh Face page. But we have that honour on this occasion, as we sit down for a chat with former Hibernian star Kevin McCann.

These days you can still see McCann in action on the pitch for Scottish third tier side Albion Rovers, but he also holds the role of trainee financial adviser at Independent Benefit Consultancy (IBC) in Glasgow.

McCann’s career has been a Boy’s Own story. The 29-year-old took his career well beyond the lively stadiums of Scotland, and the homely whiff of scotch pie and Bovril. He moved to Singapore, and Warriors FC, the club with which he became the first Scotsman to ever win an S. League title.

During this two-season stint in Singapore, McCann started thinking about life after football. The inspiration to delve into financial advice came from former footballer Pete Cormack, who gave McCann advice in the early stages of his career. ‘The way he helped me back then was great,’ reflects McCann. ‘The opportunity to help other people get advice really appealed to me.’

Second to none

When McCann returned to Scotland in January 2016 he made headway on his exams, and by the end of the year started seeking employment. A meeting with IBC’s Derek Allan led to a chat with IBC managing director, and 2016 New Model Adviser® cover star, Ken Simpson (pictured). McCann joined the rapidly growing Glasgow business later in the year.

Seven months later, McCann appears to relish the role. As a trainee, he has been providing a mixture of administration and paraplanning, but has also accompanied Simpson on client meetings. ‘It’s a great office: very, very positive,’ says McCann.

McCann has benefited from working closely with Simpson. ‘I’ve met many IFAs through introducers, and the way Ken operates is the best I’ve seen,’ he says. Ken, Derek and the advisers all have great values. I know I’m being taught the best way to do things, and if it’s not the best thing for the client, we won’t proceed.’

Concluding this piece, I almost have to remind myself that football and advice do not always mix well. I also feel as though I may be the first person in Britain to report a story involving footballers, sound financial advice, and wholesome values. To borrow from the football phrasebook: ‘You could not make it up!’

Charity work

‘When I was playing in Singapore I coached in Indonesia,’ says McCann. ‘We did sessions for a local village. I don’t speak Malay, and they didn’t speak English, but you could enjoy the smiles on the kids’ faces.’

First job

‘My first club was Hibs,’ says McCann. ‘To leave school to play professional football was a great achievement. I don’t regret anything. It was a great time in my life. I’m privileged that was my first job.’

Career ambitions

‘To be successful, happy and build a family,’ says McCann. ‘That’s Ken and Derek’s motivation, and I think that’s a great thing.’

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