Rachel Pigott CA
Rachel Pigott CA trained with ICAS and now enjoys the wide variety in her role and the number of opportunities available in the industry.
I am a Chief Operating Officer at the charity Brightside. I studied politics, philosophy, and economics at the University of York and then I joined EY and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to become a CA?
Becoming a CA means you can work in almost any sector for any type of organisation. There are just so many roles that are available to you.
What is the most interesting project you have worked on?
As Chief Operating Officer for Brightside, I work closely with the CEO to run the charity and maximise the impact we have on the young people we work with. While I oversee the finances and governance, I also get involved in other areas of the charity including business development, HR, impact measurement and strategy.
What is the best thing about being a CA?
The best thing about being a CA is the credibility it gives you as well as the networks and opportunities it opens up.
Do you do any voluntary work?
I have been a trustee of another charity and I am an online mentor with Brightside. I also sit on the ICAS charity panel.
Why did you become a CA?
I wanted to become a CA as it’s such a great foundation in business and there are just so many opportunities available to you with the qualification.
What do you like doing outside of work?
Outside of work I try and keep fit. I do yoga or go for a run a couple of times a week and I also like getting out of the city and going hiking.