10 CA leaders under 35

One Young CA
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

18 July 2017

The end of the 2017 35 CAs under 35 and One Young CA competition, held in association with Investec Click & Invest, is almost upon us. In anticipation, CA Today takes a closer look at our Leadership & Influence shortlist.

This category is for CAs who inspire and drive the performance of those around them. Judges were looking for young professionals who lead by example and champion diversity, inclusivity and success within their organisations.

Our finalists work with charities, have created initiatives, supported their colleagues and risen through the ranks of leadership in their industries.


The 2017 ICAS 35 CAs under 35 Leadership & Influence finalists


James Blackburn CA


James Blackburn CA

Head of Systems and Control, Asia Pacific, Savills

I find it hugely rewarding to bring change and improvement to businesses and my training as a CA has made this possible.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC.
  • 2004: Analyst at NMG Consulting.
  • 2010: Manager at PwC.
  • 2013: Senior Manager at PwC.
  • 2016: Head of Systems and Control (Asia Pacific) at Savills.

Location: Hong Kong


Bradley Delamare CA

Bradley Delamare CA

CEO, Tank Stream Labs

My extensive network in the business community has helped me build a strong community of large international corporates that are partners of Tank Stream Labs.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2005: Senior Manager at EY.
  • 2016: CEO at Tank Stream Labs.

Location: Australia


Jonny Jacobs CA

Jonny Jacobs CA

Head of Supply Chain Finance, UK & Ireland, Pladis

I've been fortunate enough to work at the heart of some incredible businesses, with very talented people, as well as using my organisational experience to support a very worthy charity.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2003: Assistant Manager, Business Assurance at KPMG.
  • 2007: Group Reporting Secondment at BAA.
  • 2008: Corporate Finance Lead Advisory at KPMG.
  • 2008: Commercial Finance Manager, Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises at Heineken.
  • 2009: Group Finance Manager at John Menzies.
  • 2011: Commercial Finance Manager, C&I Lead at United Biscuits.
  • 2012: Commercial Finance Manager at Pladis.
  • 2014: Financial Controller, UK Supply at Pladis.
  • 2016: Head of Supply Chain Finance (UK & Ireland) at Pladis

Location: England


Catherine Jess-Gibson CA

Catherine Jess-Gibson CA

Finance Business Partner for Economic Development,
Department for International Development

Whilst a departure from my financial accounting background, this role challenges me... to provide strategic advice that considers the political as well as financial implications of decisions.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2011: Audit Manager at KPMG.
  • 2014: Senior Financial Accountant at DFID.
  • 2015: Senior Programme Accounting Advisor at DFID.
  • 2016: Finance Business Partner for Economic Development at DFID.

Location: Scotland


Michael McKenna CA

Michael McKenna CA

Head of Finance, Entertainment, Music and Events, BBC Studios

I am very proud to have played an integral part in creating BBC Studios, and would never had the opportunity to do so were it not for my CA qualification.


Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2006: Assurance & Advisory Assistant Manager at EY.
  • 2010: Corporate Finance Manager at EY.
  • 2011: Corporate Finance Partner at BBC.
  • 2015: Head of Finance, Entertainment, Music and Events at BBC Studios.

Location: England


Graeme Morrison CA

Graeme Morrison CA

Associate, Strategy & Development, RBS

On the journey to get here I have learned so much... The achievement of being admitted as a CA has given me confidence to succeed in a completely different environment to rugby.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with RBS.
  • 2003: Professional Rugby Player in the Scottish Rugby Union.
  • 2014: Decision Support Analyst, Retail Finance at RBS.
  • 2014: Financial Controller at RBS.
  • 2017: Associate, Strategy & Development at RBS.

Location: Scotland


Claire Robertson CA


Claire Robertson CA

Director, BDO LLP

I am really passionate about business development and about making a difference to the clients we advise and providing exceptional client service.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Deloitte.
  • 2005: Manager at Deloitte.
  • 2013: Senior Manager at BDO.
  • 2014: Director at BDO.
  • Scottish Committee Member with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.

Location: Scotland


Anisha Seth CA


Anisha Seth CA

Tax Advisor, EMEIA Financial Services (London), EY

Alongside my career I am extremely interested in social and community initiatives and I have found that working at EY this was definitely encouraged and supported.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2008: Sales Consultant at Carphone Warehouse.
  • 2013: Tax Advisor, EMEIA Financial Services (London) at EY.
  • Chair of EY Sikh Network
  • Committee Member of Vaisakhi in London.
  • Volunteer for The Jaskomal Foundation.

Location: England


Leanne Sweet CA


Leanne Sweet CA

Financial Controlling Manager, Danone

I have been able to follow other CA professional’s stories, which have inspired me on the career path I would like to follow and how to achieve this.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2011: Part-Qualified Executive at EY.
  • 2014: Audit Manager at Imperial Tobacco.
  • 2016: Financial Controlling Manager at Danone

Location: England


John Waterson CA


John Waterson CA

Director, KPMG

The CA qualification has empowered me with the confidence, knowledge and technical ability to grasp and exploit many opportunities all over the world.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2004: Senior Manager at KPMG.
  • 2007: Secondment at KPMG Australia (Brisbane).
  • 2010: Secondment at KPMG Australia (Melbourne).
  • 2014: Director at KPMG.
  • ICAS Corporate and Financial Reporting Panel

Location: Scotland


The winner of the Leadership & Influence category will be announced at the ICAS Young Leaders Summit in London on 14 September 2017.

This new conference event brings together today’s most inspiring business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to share their definition of success and educate the leaders of tomorrow. It is the perfect opportunity to connect with eminent business leaders across a range of industries and broaden your professional network.

Along with the chance to be named the 2017 ICAS One Young CA, the category winner will receive a free place at both the CA Dinner and the flagship ICAS Conference, a mentor as part of the ICAS career mentoring programme and various speaking opportunities at future ICAS events.


Tickets are now available for the Young Leaders Summit & One Young CA Awards. We'd be delighted to see you, so secure your place today.

Investec Click & Invest, headline sponsor of the ICAS Young Leaders’ Summit and One Young CA Awards 2017, is a new online actively managed investment management service for UK residents with £10,000 or more to invest.

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