My Yorkshire: Hamish Morrison, BHP
Hamish Morrison is one of the partners at BHP, Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of Accountants. Morrison joined BHP Corporate Finance as partner in April 2012 and has 20 years corporate finance experience.
Where do you live/where are you from?
I was born in Aberdeen and moved from Scotland to Leeds about 20 years ago. Having only planned to stay a few years, I ended up loving it and we have made it our home.
What is your favourite place to visit in Yorkshire and why?
I love the coast – having grown up next to the sea it is something I really miss. A walk along the coast on a wild winter’s day followed by some fish and chips in Whitby is hard to beat.
What is still on your “to do” list in the region?
I want to go gorge walking at How Stean Gorge once my little girl is seven later this year and can do it. It looks great fun although my wife is a little less convinced!
What is the most memorable meal you’ve ever had in Yorkshire?
Probably the first time I ate at the Star Inn at Harome. Fantastically presented, delicious food served in a lovely environment but without the pretentiousness you often get in similar places.
What is your most Yorkshire trait?
I tell it how it is, I don’t see the point in not being totally honest with people.
Favourite piece of trivia about the region.
The tallest-ever Englishman was a Yorkshireman called William Bradley. By the age of 20, he was seven feet nine inches tall and he used to make appearances at fairs all over England, calling himself the Yorkshire Giant and charging people a shilling a time to shake his hand.
What is your favourite cultural icon to come out of Yorkshire?
Geoffrey Boycott – never afraid to upset the establishment, he always provides a no-nonsense view on how England are performing.
Worst experience or thing about Yorkshire?
The transport links – councils tend to be anti-car but the investment in public transport has been woeful. All ideas seem to be 20 years out of date. They also only focus on journeys to the city centre and there do not even seem to be any proposals for an outer ring road public transport solution to try and join up places. We need a truly integrated city-wide solution and reduce the need for cars.
What is one thing you’d steal from Lancashire (or other UK regions) if you could?
The Manchester City squad would be a great addition to Elland Road. It would be fantastic for the city if Leeds could get back to where they were when I first moved down to Yorkshire.
What is the most overrated thing about Yorkshire?
The new Yorkshire Gold more environmentally friendly tea bags – commendable concept if only they did not keep breaking!