Nine young CAs advocating sustainability and CSR

By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

4 August 2016

With just over a month until our 35 CAs under 35 category winners and One Young CA are announced, CA Today takes a closer look at our Sustainability and CSR shortlist.

This category is for the young CAs who care about leaving a legacy and safeguarding for the future. Social awareness and a dedication to positive change was essential and has highlighted these candidates among the best the professional world has to offer.

Our finalists have contributed to charities, volunteered abroad and even built eco-houses.

ICAS places enormous value on our members who are giving back to both business and society, demonstrated by the theme of the 2016 ICAS Conference: ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurs in Brexit Britain’.

The 2016 ICAS 35 CAs under 35 Sustainability & CSR finalists

Jenny Chu

Jenny Chu CA

Consultant, Deloitte

"I now work on finance transformation programmes as well as process efficiency and cost reduction projects."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Deloitte. 
  • 2010: Intern at Deloitte.
  • 2011: Assistant Manager at Deloitte.
  • 2015: Consultant at Deloitte.
  • Member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee.
  • Joint winner of the 2013 ICAS Sustainability Essay Competition.

The judges liked: Dedication and integrity.

George Cobb

George Cobb CA

Group Sustainability Accountant, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)

"Being a CA has provided me the reputation and professionalism to be an authority of knowledge and truth."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC.
  • 2007: Senior Associate at PwC.
  • 2010: Group Auditor at SSE.
  • 2012: Sustainability Accountant at SSE.
  • 2015: Goup sustainability accountant at SSE.
  • Member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee.
  • Vice Chair of the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S).

The judges liked: Impact and innovation.

Andrew Dane

Andrew Dane CA

Financial Director, Argent Energy

“This was always a business that I loved to be involved with as it has a fantastic mix of entrepreneurial attitude and outstanding green credentials."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2006: Transaction Services Executive at KPMG.
  • 2007: Transaction Services Associate at KPMG.
  • 2010: Transaction Services Manager at KPMG Canada.
  • 2012: Transaction Services Manager at KPMG.
  • 2013: Associate Director at KPMG.
  • 2014: Group Financial Controller at Argent Energy.
  • 2015: Financial Director at Argent Energy.
  • Winner of the Business Insider 2013 Deal Transaction Support Award.

The judges liked: Passion and experience.

Jamie Davidson

Jamie Davidson CA

Associate Director, Johnston Carmichael

"I took the opportunity to work in renewable energy after visiting Canada in 1992 and being impressed at how advanced their recycling was in comparison to the UK."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Baker Tilly (RSM).
  • 2010: Corporate Tax Manager at Baker Tilly.
  • 2013: Corporate Finance Associate Director at RSM.
  • 2016: Corporate Finance Associate Director at Johnston Carmichael.
  • Member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee.
  • Member of the Board of the Neilston Development Trust.

The judges liked: Awareness and dedication.

Rachel Singh Davies

Rachel Singh Davies CA

Chief Financial Officer, Shell Foundation

"I chose to forgo promotion in the corporate business and moved permanently to SF as a Social Business Manager."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2004: Extractive Industries Auditor at EY.
  • 2008: Group Finance Accountant at Inchcape.
  • 2009: Corporate Senior Financial Controller at Shell.
  • 2014: Business Manager at Shell Foundation.
  • 2015: Chief Financial Officer at Shell Foundation.
  • Trustee of UCanDoIT.

The judges liked: Integrity and ambition.

Heather Donald

Heather Donald CA

Sustainability Manager, Heathrow Airport Ltd

"Being a CA has opened doors for me and I am hugely proud to be part of the ICAS family through my role on the sustainability committee."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2007: Chartered Accountant at KPMG.
  • 2010: Financial Reporting Accountant at KPMG.
  • 2012: Funding Specialist at Big Lottery Fund.
  • 2013: Finance Business Partner and Environment & Sustainability Coordinator at Glasgow 2014.
  • 2015: Sustainability Manager at Heathrow Airport.
  • Member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee.
  • Lead Alumni Social Enterprise and Impact PIN at Liverpool University.

The judges liked: Commitment and passion.

Thomas Gillan

Thomas Gillan CA

Chief Financial Officer, Social Investment Scotland

"I'm totally motivated by the concept of using profit to achieve purpose and connecting organisations with investors to support growth and social impact."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with RSM.
  • 2008: Audit Trainee at RSM Tenon.
  • 2012: Corporate Finance Executive at RSM Tenon.
  • 2012: Chief Financial Officer at Social Investment Scotland.
  • Founder of SIS Community Capital.

The judges liked: Innovation and enthusiasm.

Olivia Ng

Olivia Ng CA

Acting Area Financial Controller, GSK (Africa and Developing Countries)

"When I qualified as a CA, I never thought one day I would be developing a new office in Mongolia."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC.
  • 2006: Senior Associate at PwC.
  • 2011: Assistant Manager at PwC Mongolia.
  • 2013: Manager at PwC.
  • 2014: Internal Audit Manager at GSK.
  • 2016: Acting Area Financial Controller at GSK (Africa and Developing Countries).
  • Member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee.
  • Volunteer with the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative.

The judges liked: Dedication and integity.

Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young CA

Internal Audit Senior Manager, Scott-Moncrieff

"When I began my CA training at PKF, the first clients that I worked with were in the charity and public sectors."

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PKF.
  • 2006: Analyst at Morgan Stanley.
  • 2007: Senior Business Advisor at PKF.
  • 2011: Senior Internal Auditor at Student Loans Company.
  • 2012: Internal Audit Manager at CBRE UK.
  • 2015: Internal Audit Manager at Scott-Moncrieff.
  • 2015: Internal Audit Senior Manager at Scott-Moncrieff.
  • Vice Chair and Trustee of East Ayrshire Leisure Trust.

The judges liked: Responsibility and commitment.

The winner of the Sustainability and CSR category will be announced in a prestigious awards ceremony at the CA Dinner in London on 7 September 2016.

The annual event will be hosted by ICAS Chief Executive Anton Colella and ICAS President Ken McHattie CA. This year, our after-dinner speaker will be comedian and TV personality Jo Brand.

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 2016 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.

Find out more about this year's candidates and show your support by up-voting your favourites on the One Young CA website.


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