Seven CA entrepreneurs under 35

One Young CA
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

11 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 Entrepreneurship shortlist.

This category is for the young CAs who have shown initiative and turned original ideas into successful enterprises. 

Judges were looking for the confidence and drive to overcome obstacles and have highlighted these candidates among the best the professional world has to offer.

Our finalists have tackled new challenges, founded companies and forged new paths in the business world.


The 2017 ICAS 35 CAs under 35 Entrepreneurship finalists


Graeme Gibson CA

Graeme Gibson CA

Head of Special Projects, Edinburgh Airport

My career path has evolved rather than been subject to any design. I've always looked for opportunities where I will be challenged - whether that be via issues, environments or people.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Deloitte. 
  • 2005: Assistant Manager at Deloitte.
  • 2009: Treasury Finance Manager at Tesco Bank.
  • 2011: Senior Manager, Treasury Advisory, Deloitte.
  • 2013: Head of Treasury, MAG Airport Group.
  • 2016: Head of Special Projects, Edinburgh Airport.

Location: Scotland


Andrew Hope CA

Andrew Hope CA

Associate, Quest Corporate

I chose corporate finance as my career path as it allows me to work with some of the best entrepreneurs and exciting high growth companies in Scotland.


Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Deloitte.
  • 2010: Audit Assistant Manager at Deloitte.
  • 2014: Associate at Quest Corporate.
  • 2015: Finance Director at PureLifi Ltd.

Location: Scotland


Chioma Idigo CA

Chioma Idigo CA

Director, Padook Designs

I am very proud to be a CA and the lessons I learned, all those years ago when I qualified, have had an impact on my career as an auditor, consultant and now a business owner.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PKF.
  • 2007: Senior at PKF.
  • 2010: IFRS Consultant at PwC Lagos.
  • 2016: Co-Founder and Director of Padook Designs.

Location: Nigeria


Suzy Kerton CA

Suzy Kerton CA

Founder, Anything International Limited

Since the competition last year, I have grown my accountancy practice to service 15 small business clients while completing my MBA at Imperial College.


Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with RSM.
  • 2009: Audit Supervisor at Baker Tilly (RSM).
  • 2012: Audit Supervisor at Baker Tilly International.
  • 2014: Chief Financial Officer at Clear Books.
  • 2015: Co-Founder of Anything International..
  • 2016: Financial Accountant at the Cabinet Office.
  • 2016: Full-time MBA at Imperial College Business School.
  • Chair of ICAS Young Leaders Board.

Location: England


Kimberley Oliver CA

Kimberley Oliver CA

Director, Xenith Financial Consulting Limited

I have a passion for supporting smaller enterprises, working closely with management teams and making a significant difference to their organisations.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC.
  • 2006: Assurance Manager at PwC.
  • 2013: Group Financial Controller at Nautronix.
  • 2016: Group Finance Director at Energy Human Capital Group.
  • 2016: Director at Xenith Financial Consulting Limited.

Location: Scotland


Raj Patel CA

Raj Patel CA

Managing Director, A.R.P. Capital Partners

I had always wanted to utilise my skills in unique ways to not only make a tangible difference to the direction of [SMEs], but... to craft a unique entrepreneurial path for myself.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2005: Mergers & Acquisitions Executive at EY.
  • 2009: Equity Analyst (Aerospace & Defence) at Goldman Sachs.
  • 2013: Co-Founder and Managing Director at A.R.P. Capital Partners.
  • 2015: Co-CEO at Glevum Heating.

Location: England


Devika Srimal Bapna CA

Devika Srimal Bapna CA

Founder & CEO, KANABIS

It was almost a light-bulb moment when I thought ‘what the heck, I should start my own brand!’ And KANABIS was born.



Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2008: Executive at EY.
  • 2013: Assistant Manager, Transaction Advisory Services at Deloitte.
  • 2014: Founder and CEO at KANABIS.

Location: India


The winner of the Entrepreneurship 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.

Topics

  • CA life
  • One Young CA

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