Following the completion of my A Levels I went straight into an accountancy apprenticeship with PKF LLP, which shortly after, merged with BDO LLP to become the fifth largest accountancy firm in the world. At PKF/BDO I worked in the audit department, spending my first 2 years studying AAT followed by 3 years studying ACA. I completed these qualifications alongside valuable work experience and became a chartered accountant at the age of 23. During the apprenticeship programme I learnt not only my way around a set of statutory financial statements, but also gained wider commercial awareness such as the how the finance function of a range of businesses are managed and controlled. My training also gave me exposure to a variety of different sectors such as manufacturing, housing, retail, distribution and tech.
Following qualification I moved into a group accounting role at a large, private equity backed fleet solutions business, where I have assisted in the management of the finance function and led the implementation of a new accounting system and reporting process. This is an exciting opportunity for me to support a business as it continues to grow and acquire new subsidiaries.