The Top 100 Young CAs: Part 2

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

30 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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Mitul Ganatra CAMitul Ganatra CA

Regional Head of Finance, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Uber Technologies


From his nomination: "Mitul's breadth of experience, from start-ups to multinationals, enables him to identify and manage opportunities and threats. He has always been commended for his positive outlook, ability to make an impact, and his passion for doing the right thing."

Marwan Ghannam CAMarwan Ghannam CA

Director, Diet Specialist Ltd


From his nomination: "Marwan is multi-talented and self-disciplined, having taught himself web design, video editing and computer programming. He combines both innovation and compassion, constantly striving to enrich people’s lives."

Kelly Gilbert CAKelly Gilbert CA

Accountant, Deloitte


From her nomination: "Kelly jumps on board when opportunities come her way, which has so far enabled her to take a secondment to New Zealand, to speak at audit committee meetings and to join projects in the internal audit department."

Melanie Gilmour CAMelanie Gilmour CA

Manager, Hall Morrice Corporate Finance


From her nomination: "Melanie excels at building client relationships. I don’t know of any other young CA involved in corporate finance who is running engagements with such skill, confidence and eye for detail so early in their career."

Martyn Gordon CAMartyn Gordon CA

Lecturer, Robert Gordon University


From his nomination: "Martyn values the work he does and the people he works with as he endeavours to make a difference to the world of the accounting profession, creating and sharing his knowledge and expertise."

Michael Gore CAMichael Gore CA

Director, External Reporting and Accounting Policy, Ontario Power Generation


From his nomination: "Discernible leadership qualities show why he was selected for his current role and rapid advancement. Michael is an innovator, open to new concepts and introduces technology to make processes more efficient and effective while motivating staff."

James Green CAJames Green CA

Executive - UK&I TAS, EY


From his nomination: "James actively seeks opportunities to develop himself and help support others. He is very humble and recognises the opportunities and coaching he has received, and genuinely wants to give something back."

James has since started a new role as Senior Financial Controller, Project One Mercedes HPP at Mercedes AMG High-Performance Powertrains.

Laura Green CALaura Green CA

Financial Controller, Atlas Knowledge Limited


From her nomination: "Laura exemplifies what it is to be a young CA in 2018. She demonstrates technical aptitude, is key in future-proofing the business and demonstrates real commercial acumen, establishing the Finance function as an integral partner to the wider business."

Chris Hardie CAChris Hardie CA

Finance Director, Survivex Limited


From his nomination: "Chris possesses a strong attention to detail with the ability to see things that others can’t. His ability to think outside the box has proved invaluable to Survivex."

Paul Harkins CAPaul Harkins CA

Finance Director, Aspen Solutions


From his nomination: "Paul has been ready to take on responsibility for the business from a very early stage in his career. He has contributed to the rapid growth of the business, which has grown from its Cumbernauld base to service clients across the UK, with some recent international success in Holland and America."

Matthew Hay CAMatthew Hay CA

Audit Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP


From his nomination: "Matt has become a real champion for the firm, regularly attending external events and keeping others up-to-date on sector trends. His commitment to engaging with the sector shows a great example to our current trainees."

Stephanie Henwood-Darts CAStephanie Henwood-Darts CA

Associate Director, Sanne Group PLC


From her nomination: "Stephanie remains enthusiastic, no matter what the circumstances, and creates a working environment where others also strive for excellence. She is always a professional and delivers in her role with pride."

Andrew Holloway CAAndrew Holloway CA

Tax Advisor, Johnston Carmichael


From his nomination: "Attaining this level of responsibility speaks volume for both his ability and his potential. Andrew has built excellent relationships with clients, fellow advisors, and bodies who support the ecosystem in which he works."

Stuart Hope CAStuart Hope CA

Manager, Portfolio Finance, Grosvenor Group


From his nomination: "Stuart’s ambition and drive have been recognised with secondment opportunities to Hong Kong and Stockholm, displaying a willingness to tackle new challenges and environments as well as 'rolling his sleeves up'."

David Irish CADavid Irish CA ITP

Manager, KPMG


From his nomination: "David has been committed to 'giving something back' from an early stage in his career. He has always been able to find time away from his day-to-day role to see the bigger picture."

David has since started a new role as Valuations Manager at Vodaphone Group.  

Sanjay Iyer CASanjay Iyer CA

Managing Director, Iyer Practice Limited

Hong Kong

From his nomination: "Sanjay motivates people around him and has great leadership abilities. At the age of 33, he runs the Hong Kong office and the multi-jurisdiction tax department of the firm. His vision and energy are infectious."

Colin Kerr CAColin Kerr CA

Assistant Director - Financial Advisory, Deloitte


From his nomination: "Colin is very straightforward and direct in his approach. He is quick to get to the nub of issues and he is creative and commercial in advising on solutions."

Suzy Kerton CASuzy Kerton CA

Director, Anything International Ltd


From her nomination: "Suzy's greatest achievement was being invited to Downing Street as part of a group of social entrepreneurs to talk about how social entrepreneurs can solve diversity and gender equality issues."

Jasjot Singh Kohli CAJasjot Singh Kohli CA

Chief Financial Officer, Nomura Asset Management UK


From his nomination: "Jasjot is well respected, not only as an accountant but as a holistic financial professional, a credit to the CA qualification. Incorporating entrepreneurial leadership, he has shown passion and courage with a solutions-driven approach to continually innovate to meet the end needs of stakeholders."

Jakub Kohout CAJakub Kohout CA

Financial Controller & MLRO, Seedrs Limited


From his nomination: "Jakub heads the Finance team for Seedrs, an online investment platform. His eagerness to share his experiences demonstrates his leadership and desire to give back to the profession."

David Lefèvre CADavid Lefèvre CA

Audit Senior, COFFRA


From his nomination: "David's international work stands out from the crowd. Through his work at COFFRA he supports entrepreneurial individuals and a range of international organisations, helping them realise their global aspirations."

Andrew Leslie CAAndrew Leslie CA

Accountant, PwC


From his nomination: "After qualifying, Andrew pursued a well-earned career break to combine his passion for business and travelling when selected to take part in the UK Government Department for International Development’s volunteering scheme in Uganda."

Gareth Lewis CAGareth Lewis CA

Co-Founder & CEO, Delio Ltd


From his nomination: "Gareth has helped build a business on the strength of passionate people and fresh ideas. He believes in collaboration and is a true leader in digital innovation for the financial sector."

Alexis Liming CAAlexis Liming CA

Chief Financial Officer, Rota


From his nomination: "Alexis has helped support over 70,000 small business owners grow and has connected over 1,200 entrepreneurs with funding and coaching to launch their idea. He caught the Virgin brand’s entrepreneurial bug and recently became Head of Finance at pop-up pioneers Appear Here."


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