The Top 100 Young CAs: Part 1

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

29 May 2018

We delve deeper into some of the profiles of our Top 100 Young CAs 2018, announced in association with Investec Click & Invest. Find out why these Young CAs made the list.

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Yusuf Ahmet CAYusuf Ahmet CA

Manager, Baringa Partners


From his nomination: "Yusuf is shaping investment banking and is keen to leave a positive footprint. He continues to build networks and leave a legacy for future CAs, advising that 'no matter what the situation, stay true to your ethics and values'."

Libby Allison CALibby Allison CA

Tax Advisor, PwC


From her nomination: "Libby demonstrates drive and determination to succeed, whilst also devoting time to developing others. She has the ability to take complex tax issues and find tax efficient and commercial solutions for her clients."

David Auld CADavid Auld CA

Partner, Robertson Craig


From his nomination: "David’s promotion to partner at Robertson Craig so soon after his appointment reflects his professional abilities and his skills in adding value to clients by applying his experience to their personal circumstances."

Sonal Bakrania CASonal Bakrania CA

Senior Risk Manager, HSBC


From her nomination: "Sonal used her CA training to volunteer in two fantastic, value-adding projects where she was able to make a real impact in less fortunate communities. She is a trusted CA 'colleague' who endeavours to inspire others and be a trusted advisor to her peers."

Jake Bathurst CAJake Bathurst CA

Accountant, Deloitte


From his nomination: "Technically strong and creative in the ways he approaches audits, Jake is always willing to challenge the status quo to seek, adopt and deliver innovative ways of working to deliver enhanced audit assurance."

Donna Berrie CADonna Berrie CA

Auditor, Deloitte


From her nomination: "Donna has been actively involved in implementing analytics and innovation in the Deloitte Scotland and UK practice. She recognises the need for audit to be innovative while ensuring we address risks and meet quality requirements in a more technology-focused environment."

Frankie Berry CAFrankie Berry CA

Head of Regulatory Reporting, Standard Bank Jersey Limited


From his nomination: "Frankie has excellent engagement with staff across all levels, maintaining a clear focus on delivery and continuous improvement whilst also displaying humility and consistency in all his interactions."

Emma Bisset CAEmma Bisset CA

Accountant, Bissets


From her nomination: "Emma has the ability to adapt to new situations and challenges, as well as commercial acumen and entrepreneurial flair. This, together with her ability to develop strong relationships with our clients, is a very powerful combination."

Amy Bland CAAmy Bland CA

Assurance Manager, PwC


From her nomination: "Amy is a rising star of PwC’s financial services and asset management practice in Scotland. She was responsible for creating relationships and aligning audit approaches across the global network to ensure high standards throughout the firm."

Andy Blundell CAAndy Blundell CA

Manager, PwC

London / Glasgow

From his nomination: "Andy is a dynamic and commercial tax professional, who has progressed quickly at PwC. He always tries to put himself in his client’s shoes to arrive at tax efficient solutions to their benefit."

Dexter Boyce CADexter Boyce CA

Co-Founder & COO, Prospela


From his nomination: "Dexter's shown how impactful the CA can be beyond traditional accountancy careers. His ambitious entrepreneurial mindset, coupled with a solid CA grounding, enabled him to transition into completely new industries and is an impressive example of how CA skills can create and grow new businesses."

Kirsty Boyle CAKirsty Boyle CA

Accountant, PwC


From her nomination: "Kirsty demonstrates the qualities of a CA through her professional behaviour, her objectivity and moral courage to ensure that clients do the right thing, and her care for her staff to support them through their own development."

Vinny Catricala CAVinny Catricala CA

Global Product Operations Specialist, Uber Technologies

San Francisco

From his nomination: "Vinny has already enjoyed a career spanning the US and UK and is a true motivator and coordinator of those around him. In a constantly evolving workplace, he has proven himself adaptable and skilled in many situations."

Max Chassels CAMax Chassels CA

Associate Director, Deloitte


From his nomination: "Max has an outstanding reputation in both the Aberdeen market and the wider Scottish PE community as a tax adviser who understands private equity transactions and will look after clients throughout a deal process."

Jenny Chu CAJenny Chu CA

Financial Controller, DPR Consulting Ltd


From her nomination: "Apart from impressing on business and finance on what it means to be sustainable, Jenny actively promoted diversity and inclusion initiatives at Deloitte by piloting a scheme to partner potential female candidates with Deloitte staff."

Lesley Clark CALesley Clark CA

Senior Financial Analysis & Business Planning Manager, Johnston Carmichael


From her nomination: "Lesley has helped pioneer a unique and innovative new audit approach at Johnston Carmichael that elevates audit from a compliance-based service to one that can truly provide insight and value through the latest tools and techniques."

Alistair Connal CAAlistair Connal CA

Business Controller, Google

Mountain View

From his nomination: "Alistair has been brilliant in promoting the CA brand overseas - he has excelled in his field, making the move to the US to work for a globally innovative and evolutionary company, using his CA skills to great effect."

Blair Cruickshank CABlair Cruickshank CA

Financial Accounting Manager, Scottish Power


From his nomination: "Blair is the sort of person you want to put in front of non-accountants and say "Look, we're not all bean counters!". He absolutely breaks the mould and is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met."

Jamie Dale CAJamie Dale CA

Senior Internal Auditor, Department for International Development


From his nomination: "Jamie led an audit into a DFID corporate department. They were risk naive and saw little value in it. He overcame significant political hurdles and built consensus and relationships to deliver a risk-based assurance audit which has completely transformed the department."

Bradley Delamare CABradley Delamare CA

CEO, Tank Stream Labs


From his nomination: "As CEO of Tank Stream Labs, Bradley is driving the business to new heights with several high-profile partnerships. He was recently invited to speak at Parliament House on innovation and start-ups, and on Sky News Business Live."

Nicola Doig CANikola Doig CA

Accountant, Deloitte


From her nomination: "Nikola is widely regarded as the most supportive, approachable and inspiring manager in the office. No matter the time of day or her own workload, Nikola always has time for her team and has created an incredible camaraderie, one that is very rare to see in such a demanding environment."

Caitlin Dunn CACaitlin Dunn CA

Advisory Executive, Grant Thornton UK LLP


From her nomination: "Caitlin is a committee member of the Scottish charity Ethiopia Medical Project (EMP), which helps women in rural Ethiopia recover from major neo-natal problems."


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