I studied Accounting and Finance at the UEA in Norfolk, not necessarily with a view to be an accountant but to break out into the corporate world safe in the knowledge that I was fluent in the financial aspects of business. After my degree I threw myself into gaining a depth and breadth of corporate wide experience working with Citigroup, Enterprise rent-a-car and Xerox in Manchester, London and Essex.
I’m not sure I was ever a natural salesperson, sales to me was finding the right solution to fit the customers’ environment. My clients trusted me and that was important to me. It was the transformational element of the business I excelled in e.g. taking a high cost, multi machine environment and designing a future solution bringing in technology, software, and workflows to reduce costs and streamline operations.
After the birth of my children it felt like the right time to get back to accountancy. I completed my studying and qualified as an accountant with ACCA, taking roles in Industry and practice to further build my SME to mid enterprise experience.
My final move to Shrewsbury is one that I had considered for a while and feels like coming home. I wasn’t born in the county but after spending every year visiting family it’s more my home than any other location I’ve known.
Shrewsbury gives myself and my family the work life balance we were looking for. Taking my son and Dad to Stoke football club on a Saturday, enjoying local shops and markets, and taking the dog for a walk – not forgetting to stop for a coffee at all the dog friendly cafes in the town.
Working for the right practice is important to me; Within my corporate finance role at CBSL I get to incapsulate my past-experience with forward-thinking accountancy. The accountancy industry has seen rapid changes and the skills I gained in sales, future scape modelling and software feels timely and relevant to the profession.