The One Young CA judging panel has been announced

One Young CA Judges
By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

21 April 2016

ICAS has announced the full judging panel for this year’s One Young CA competition, which includes a range of talent and expertise from the worlds of business, finance and the not-for-profit sector.

The One Young CA 2016 competition will identify and recognise the top 35 CAs under 35. As part of the selection process, ICAS is looking for individuals who have shown ingenuity and initiative in four categories.

These categories are:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Sustainability and CSR
  • Influence and innovation

ICAS has brought together a judging team who are the embodiment of these four qualities. The 13 judges are in the best possible position to recognise the next generation of business leaders, and ultimately award one with the One Young CA 2016 title.

The judging panel includes:

  • Jim Bishop CA, ICAS Council Member
  • Natalie Bretherick CA, Analyst, QMPF LLP and One Young CA commended winner 2015
  • Rob Carter CA, CEO, Field Margins, London
  • Kirsty Dingwall CA, Founder, Angelic Gluten Free
  • Elaine Halligan CA, Director, The Parent Practice
  • Indy Hothi CA, Senior Economist, EY and One Young CA winner 2015
  • Neil Jennings, Founder, Accounting for International Development (AfID)
  • Anna McKay CA, UK Lead, Athletics Lab
  • Rachel McShane CA, Finance Director, Head of Business Performance and Cost Strategy, Barclaycard
  • Graeme Menzies CA, Finance Director, AFG Media Ltd /
  • Nicola Mills CA, Head of Management Accounts and Procurement, Amnesty International
  • Elizabeth Stewart CA, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles 
  • Carrie Tucker CA, CFO, Exploration Capital Ltd
  • Becky Woodhouse CA, Founder and CEO, Pure Spa

Find out more about the judging panel

What the judges are looking for


The imagination to come up with a great idea, the business acumen to turn that idea into a reality, and the application of the CA skill set to make it a success are what the judges are looking for in this category.

Judge Kirsty Dingwall CA is all too familiar with what it takes to set up a successful business enterprise, having founded Angelic Gluten Free after completing her CA training. She said that her CA training provided her with an “invaluable skills set” during the early stages of setting up her business.


In this category, simply being in a position of authority is not enough to impress the judges. Being a motivator, a trusted leader and an inspiration to others will be some of the qualities candidates will need to display.

Judge Elaine Halligan CA says that to be a true leader of people “emotional intelligence is by far the most important skill”.

Sustainability and CSR

The CA is not only a title; it is a responsibility. A CA has the power to make a positive impact, not just in business, but across society, too. Tackling inequality, supporting charitable causes and donating their expertise by volunteering are some of the activities the judges will except nominees to have undertaken.

Natalie Bretherick CA has worked with the Ugandan government and rural veterinarian businesses in an effort to combat African Sleeping Sickness. Natalie, who was a One Young CA commended winner in 2015, says she feels “privileged to be asked to support the One Young CA” as a judge.

Innovation and influence

A CA who can evolve their skill set in order to solve a problem which would not typically be associated with the profession is what the judges will be looking for here.

Judge and One Young CA  2015 winner Indy Hothi CA understands how CAs can impact the way the profession is perceived. He said: “The strength of the CA qualification should not be underestimated as it unlocks so many different opportunities and challenges across sectors and geographically.”

How to enter

The nomination and entry process is quick and easy. You can nominate yourself or a fellow CA and you can nominate more than one CA. Nominations can be made by both CAs and non-CAs and can come from anywhere in the world. The deadline for nominations is 27 May and nominations can be through the One Young CA website.

From the list of the top 35 CAs under 35, only one will become this year's One Young CA and will represent the ICAS membership at the global youth summit, One Young World, in Ottawa, Canada.


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