Growing up in Malta
Martin Scicluna, chairman of Deloitte, one of Britain’s biggest accountancy firms, has just been cleared of wrongdoing for not reporting the misconduct of a subordinate. Margareta Pagano reports in the UK's Sunday Times on the case dismissed by the tribunal and takes a close look at Scicluna's Maltese background:
Martin Scicluna is a happy man. The chairman of Deloitte, one of Britain’s biggest accountancy firms, has just found out that the cloud hanging over him has proved to be a mirage. Last week, Scicluna was told that the complaints brought against him and Deloitte by the Joint Disciplinary Scheme have been dismissed by the tribunal that heard the case..Scicluna worried for reputation
What is touching about talking to Scicluna is the way his children appear in his conversation in a way that rarely happens with businessmen. Any spare time he has is devoted to them — football, jazz, opera, forcing them to trudge for hours around Rome to take in the culture, or cooking breakfast for his son as part of a lost bet. He has looked after them since his divorce six years ago. All that culture seems to have made an impression on the eldest, Mark, who is studying the history of art at Bristol University..
Scicluna grew up with four sisters in a close Catholic family in Malta and this may account for some of this warmth. His father was director of Malta’s ports, so he was raised in a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. “There was often a new ship to visit in the harbour and a Russian or Chinese captain to dinner. Malta is at the crossroads but it’s very small; everyone has to leave to see more of the world,” he said, even though the Maltese have just rated themselves the happiest people in the world.
Scicluna left the country at 15 when he won a British Council scholarship. He came to Britain to study at Berkhamsted School, instantly falling in love with the school and the country. Today he has a grand country home not far from the school in Hertfordshire. The engaging Scicluna does have one weakness: he has been an Arsenal supporter since he came to north London from Leeds 30 years ago, and rarely misses a home game...