The Top 100 Young CAs: Part 3

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

31 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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Jack MacAulay CAJack MacAulay CA

Corporate Development, Standard Life Aberdeen


From his nomination: "Jack carried out the financial modelling for the £11bn Standard Life Aberdeen merger at an early stage of his career in financial services. He is a proud CA and has been a great supporter of the Lothian and Borders Area Committee since he was a student."

Duncan MacCaig CADuncan MacCaig CA

Accountant, Martin Aitken & Co Ltd


From his nomination: "Duncan’s ability to handle difficult situations with notable patience and admirable tact has earned him the respect of his peers and he has grown into a role model amongst the firms’ trainees. He works extremely hard to further develop the trainees and has shown on-going initiative, leadership and dedication."

Stuart Macdougall CAStuart Macdougall CA

Chartered Accountant, PwC


From his nomination: "Stuart has unending enthusiasm for helping others, whether it is through his professional commitment to his clients, his encouragement of others in their quest to achieve personal goals, or in looking to contribute to the wider community."

Emma Mackay CAEmma Mackay CA

Manager, PwC


From her nomination: "Emma has demonstrated versatility, commitment and dedication to become a top-class tax practitioner following her move from assurance a few years ago. She is now recognised as one of the premier experts in LBTT for PwC nationally."

Andrew MacKenzie CAAndrew MacKenzie CA

Business Advisory Assistant Manager, Johnston Carmichael


From his nomination: "Andrew demonstrates the key attributes we value in a modern CA. He is engaging, technical, self-aware, and a developer of people, initiatives and the business."

Steven Massie CASteven Massie CA

Business Advisory Manager, Johnston Carmichael


From his nomination: "Steven’s calm and considered approach, along with a great attitude and work ethic is invaluable. He epitomises our core value of standing in other people’s shoes; he’s always thinking of others - clients and staff members alike."

Rory McCabe CARory McCabe CA

Senior Executive, EY


From his nomination: "Rory has an impressive talent for leading with confidence and cultural awareness across cross-border engagements in fairly political environments. His ability to flex his style and be politically astute is a great credit to him and the work he delivers to our clients."

Darren McCulloch CADarren McCulloch CA

Commercial Finance Manager, Ennismore International Management


From his nomination: "At the age of 26, Darren has been asked to move to New York to lead finance in North America because of his leadership, negotiation skills and ability to motivate."

Mark McDonald CAMark McDonald CA

Senior Manager - Commercial Banking, Scotiabank


From his nomination: "Mark is highly driven and excels at his job, consistently delivering strong results. He is passionate about serving his clients who, along with colleagues, hold him in high regard."

Mark McGhee CAMark McGhee CA

Finance Manager, Harlequins Rugby Club


From his nomination: "Mark's personality makes him unique in a profession that can too often be characterised as dull, boring and bland. He uses this strength to manage people effectively and ensure his humanity allows a collective spirit to be engendered."

Barry McGonagle CABarry McGonagle CA

Finance Director, Skyscanner Limited


From his nomination: "Barry's at the top of his game from a technical perspective. He develops people around him, always thinking of how to balance stretching people with new opportunities and autonomy while supporting them to succeed."

Claire McHaffie CAClaire McHaffie CA

Senior Associate, PwC


From her nomination: "Despite not coming from an accounting or finance background, Claire won the Alistair Pearce Prize in TPE and has readily shared her advice for students looking to aim similarly high. She is skilled in risk assurance, audit, regulatory audit, and has a very interesting background in international development."

Claire has since moved into a new role at PwC Newcastle.

Gregor McKellar CAGregor McKellar CA

CFO, Angkor Hospital for Children

Siem Reap

From his nomination: "Gregor has used his CA qualification and leadership skills to give back to the community and drive change in Cambodia. The work of the not-for-profit Angkor Hospital is outstanding in the impact it has had."

Chris Miller CAChris Miller CA

Audit Director, Royal London Group


From his nomination: "Chris is committed to leading the way for change and diversity in the workplace. He is extremely passionate about his team and the business, leading change with his work on culture and helping critical projects."

Nicola Mills CANicola Mills CA

Deputy Director of Finance, Royal Academy of Arts


From her nomination: "Nicola is motivated and ready to take on a challenge. She has made career choices to work in roles that contribute to the greater good, as Head of Management Accounting and Procurement with Amnesty International and, now, with the Royal Academy of Arts."

Shahbaz Shaheen Mirza CAShahbaz Shaheen Mirza CA

Strategy & Finance Consultant, Finocracy


From his nomination: "Shahbaz's thought leadership has seen his work published in landmark reports by the Government of Dubai as well as being implemented in series A Islamic economy focused startups from US to UAE."

Craig Monks CACraig Monks CA

Investment Executive, Tosca Debt Capital LLP


From his nomination: "Craig is a bright and driven individual who takes pride in both his own career and the development of those around him."

Greg Muir CAGreg Muir CA

Project Manager, America’s Cup


From his nomination: "Greg sets himself apart with his energy and humour, combined with his razor-sharp intellect and astute business sense. He has a remarkable ability to engage and energise those around him - such that, whether individually or as a team, his delivery is always first class."

Greg has since started a new role as Chief Operating Officer at Uuni Limited. 

Kerrie Murray CAKerrie Murray CA

Director of International Finance, Forum Energy Technologies


From her nomination: "Kerrie puts her team and their development first. She is an approachable role model for junior staff, always willing to spend time on the team’s issues regardless of her own work demands. Kerrie was an integral member in establishing Forum Women's Initiative Network (WIN)."

Kerrie has since started a new role as Chief Financial officer at Pryme Group.  

Kimberley Oliver CAKimberley Oliver CA

Director, Xenith Financial Consulting Ltd


From her nomination: "Kimberley has always been ambitious and hard-working and at the age of 28 identified a market need for strong, flexible finance support from which she set up her own business. She did what many people talk about, but never do."

Gavin Paterson CAGavin Paterson CA

Business Advisory Manager, Johnston Carmichael


From his nomination: "Gavin exhibits first-class behaviours and values. He has an excellent attitude and is a great person to work with. We are thrilled to have Gavin in the team and have no doubt that he will continue to progress within the business."

Mark Pool CAMark Pool CA

Director, Transfer Pricing, Deloitte


From his nomination: "While Mark is always very busy advising his clients, he is also very generous with his personal time to help to develop the next generation of CAs. He is also very innovative in developing transfer pricing solutions for his clients."

Muhammad Rasheed CAMuhammad Rasheed CA

Senior Manager, Moore Stephens LLP


From his nomination: "I see Muhammad as someone who represents the ICAS vision of a young leader. He is driven, courageous to take on new challenges and inspires others with his positivity."

Lawrence Rice CALawrence Rice CA

Senior Associate, Deloitte


From his nomination: "Lawrence is embracing adventures where he can find them, whether that's moving from audit to M&A, moving from the UK to Canada, or wanting to get involved with ICAS and develop the international network."

Katharine Ritchie CAKatherine Ritchie CA

Manager, Operational Transaction Services, EY


From her nomination: "Katherine is a conscientious young CA who has demonstrated leadership and initiative at both EY and in her positions on the ICAS Young Leaders Board and ICAS Member’s Board."

James Rix CAJames Rix CA

Executive, EY


From his nomination: "James led the way in his TPE class, and was recognised by fellow classmates for the ICAS Student Education Committee Prize. He also won the 2016 ICAS Gold Medal and the ICAS Student Education Committee Prize for his sterling efforts."

Charles Rule CACharles Rule CA

Manager, EY


From his nomination: "Charles' knowledge of the accounting, audit and client knowledge is greater than any other individual that I have come into professional contact with. I believe his approach demonstrates real CA values and top audit quality."


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