Student Timen receives 10th Helen Jones Scholarship

Helen Jones Scholarship
By Michael McGlinchey

25 June 2015

Timen Siret is the final recipient of the Helen Jones Scholarship, which  commemorates an ICAS CA killed in the 2005 London bombings.

The 2015 Helen Jones Scholarship has been awarded to Stranraer Academy student Timen Siret who will receive financial support in his university studies through the award scheme.

Timen, who is due to study business and economics at the University of Glasgow, is the final recipient of the award, which was established in memory of Helen, 28, an ICAS CA and former Lockerbie Academy student, who was killed in the bomb attacks in London on 7 July, 2005.

Helen's mother, Liz Staffell, established the Helen Jones Appeal Fund in 2005, with support from family, friends and ICAS to support an annual scholarship for students in the Dumfries and Galloway area seeking to study accountancy, finance or management.

Eighteen-year-old Timen, from Stranraer, said he was thrilled to receive the award, which was previously administered by SATER - The Scottish Accountancy Trust for Education and Research -  and is now administered by the ICAS Foundation.

Timen said the scholarship had added significance for him given that he has received the award on almost the tenth anniversary of Helen's death.

It's an honour to be selected and to carry on Helen's legacy. It gives you something to remember for the rest of your life and something to reflect on because the whole story behind it is to do with Helen.

Timen Siret

Timen Siret and Anton Colella 
Timen receiving the Helen Jones Scholarship Award from ICAS CEO Anton Colella (above)

Presenting the scholarship to Timen, ICAS CEO Anton Colella said: "The Helen Jones Scholarship has been a wonderful legacy and I am delighted to present this award to Timen today. The careers of 10 young men and women have been developed through this scholarship in memory of a truly wonderful young woman."

Turning to Helen's mother Liz, Anton said: "I find this profoundly moving and special, and society has a lot to learn through what you have done over the past 10 years. You have done a great and heroic thing."

SATER Trustee Neil Menzies said: "The interviewing panel for the scholarship were very impressed with Timen's clarity in what he wanted to do and his understanding of the practicalities of life.

 "Timen is a most impressive young man who will make a great contribution to society and we were delighted to award him the scholarship. That is a common theme we have had with all of the recipients of the scholarship, they are all exceptional young people."

Liz said: "This scholarship has enabled young people to spread their wings and experience a life in the wider world which is what Helen and her sister wanted to do.

"It's been a wonderful 10 years and I'm really delighted with the scholars we've been able to support. They are all doing so well."

Anton said the ICAS Foundation charity - which provides opportunities for young people in accountancy, finance and business - had taken the Helen Jones scholarship as "its model".

The foundation, which was established in 2013 with nine bursaries, recently awarded a further 34 new bursaries, bringing the total of funded Foundation students to 63.

Part of the legacy of Helen Jones is the seeds that have been planted in the development of the ICAS Foundation and I, along with the trustees, know this will grow and grow.

Anton Colella

Helen was educated at Lockerbie Academy and then at the University of Aberdeen where she studied Divinity. After university, Helen decided that she would like to work in another field before entering the Ministry and she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Glasgow. Afterwards Helen moved to London, working with KPMG and then in the City with Phoenix Equity Partners.

Pictured in header image above: Timen Siret with former recipients of the award, ICAS CEO Anton Colella (right), Liz Staffell (second from right), Neil Menzies (left) and David Gould, Ms Staffell's husband (second from left).

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