Six innovative CAs under 35

One Young CA
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

13 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 Innovation & Technology shortlist.

This category is for the young CAs who think outside the box and thrive in a fast-paced, cutting-edge environment. Judges were looking for the professionals who have acclimatised to the new age of technology and embedded new processes in their organisations.

Our finalists have invented digital tools, engaged with developing industries and boosted innovation on an international scale.


The 2017 ICAS 35 CAs under 35 Innovation & Technology finalists


Mark Anderson CA


Mark Anderson CA

UK Operations Analyst, ConocoPhillips

The CA qualification has provided me with the confidence to challenge the status quo and to think about the big picture.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC. 
  • 2008: Senior Associate at PwC.
  • 2013: JV Area Accountant for Talisman-Sinopec at Accenture.
  • 2013: Operations Accountant for Talisman-Sinopec at Accenture.
  • 2013: JV Accountant at ConocoPhillips.
  • 2014: Southern Area Team Lead, Business Analysis & Joint Venture Accounting at ConocoPhilips.
  • 2016: UK Operations Analyst at ConocoPhillips.

Location: Scotland


James Hamilton CA

James Hamilton CA

Senior Manager, EY

The grounding I have as a CA certainly helps when it comes to embedding new techniques and approaches in audit.



Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Baker Tilly (RSM).
  • 2006: Auditor at Baker Tilly.
  • 2009: Audit Senior at EY.
  • 2015: Senior Manager at EY.

Location: Scotland


Aneela Mather-Khan CA

Aneela Mather-Khan CA

Financial Analyst, A.M. Best

I identified a gap in the market for the provision of ratings advisory services... [and] identified this as an opportunity to encourage greater cross-border and cross-service line partnership.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Marsh and McLennan.
  • 2009: Statistical Analyst at Civil Service Department of Health.
  • 2010: Executive at EY.
  • 2013: Internal Auditor at Marsh and McLennan.
  • 2014: Associate Financial Analyst at A.M. Best.
  • 2015: Manager at Deloitte UK.
  • 2017: Financial Analyst at A.M. Best.

Location: England


Colin McLellan CA

Colin McLellan CA

CFO, Skyscanner

I played a key role in the acquisition of Skyscanner by Ctrip in 2016 and... I have recently been promoted to the role of CFO.


Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2004: Assistant Tax Manager at KPMG.
  • 2008: IAS39 Hedge Accountant at Scottish Power.
  • 2010: Group Accountant at Worldmark.
  • 2013: Group Financial Controller at Skyscanner.
  • 2015: Interim CEO at Skyscanner Japan.
  • 2016: Finance Director at Skyscanner.
  • 2017: CFO at Skyscanner.

Location: Scotland


Iain McMichael CA

Iain McMichael CA

Senior Manager, Data Analytics, PwC

I have been at the forefront of transforming PwC's auditing approach, using the core skills that my CA has given me with my programming skills to develop new tools and technology.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC.
  • 2008: Assurance Associate at PwC.
  • 2011: Senior Associate, Data Analytics at PwC.
  • 2011: Director at IT Range (Edinburgh).
  • 2013: Manager, Data Analytics at PwC.
  • 2015: Director at BizPrompt.
  • 2016: Senior Manager, Data Analytics at PwC.

Location: Scotland


Mark Smith CA

Mark Smith CTA CA

Director, KPMG

I transferred to KPMG’s Business Technology team so that I could focus full time on working with developers to create and implement technology solutions.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with KPMG.
  • 2007: Assistant Manager at KPMG.
  • 2012: Manager and Product Owner at KPMG.
  • 2013: Technology Lead at KPMG South Africa.
  • 2014: Technology Lead at KPMG Australia.
  • 2015: Director at KPMG.
  • Volunteer for Tax Aid.

Location: England


The winner of the Innovation & Technology 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

  • Technology
  • CA life
  • One Young CA

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