Newly qualified CAs network for success
Newly qualified CAs recently had the chance to rub shoulders and network with some of London’s hottest new business talent at an ICAS ‘Success in the City Event’ at the Tanner Warehouse, London Bridge.
This event was part of a great new initiative from ICAS and the London and Home Counties Area Committee which aims to help younger members of the CA community establish strong professional networks and gain an insight into what it takes to succeed in different industries.
This networking event was a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded CAs in the city as well as inspirational leaders from various sectors.
Why networks matter for CAs
As any CA at the top of their professional game will tell you, having a strong network to call upon is invaluable. The importance of this is underlined by one of the business leaders who attended the event, Troy Harris-Speid, Investment Director at LDC.
He said: “Early on in your career start to build your external network - you never know who will become a valuable asset. Make sure your network is as wide as possible - when it comes to changing jobs, at some point your career will go from being CV driven to one where you are hired by people you already know. Make sure your network has breadth outside your industry as well and never turn down a chance to meet interesting individuals or management teams.
A winning formula
Professional networking events can sometimes be bit daunting, so the ICAS team made sure to create a supportive and friendly atmosphere for the 50 attendees.
Each of the seven tables was hosted by an emerging business leader, hand-picked by ICAS with representatives from across retail, banking, private equity and charity sectors. These small, round-table networking groups created an informal atmosphere with drinks and nibbles, where attendees got the chance to speak directly to their table hosts. The enviable line up of business leaders who were on hand to share their insight and expertise included:
- Carrie Tucker CA - Chief Financial Officer, Exploration Capital
- Rachel McShane CA - Head of Business Performance, Barclaycard
- Troy Harris-Speid CA - Investment Director, LDC
- Dinesh Manuelpillai CA - Head of Reporting, Planning and Analysis, G4S
- Peter Wood CA FSI - Global CFO, AllSaints
- Nicola Mills CA - Head of Management Accounting & Procurement, Amnesty International
- Anna Sweeting CA - Chair and Chief Executive, Beulah London
Here are some of the speaker highlights from the evening:
Carrie Tucker MSc CA, Chief Financial Officer, Exploration Capital
"The grass is not always greener. Training in companies can be really good so don’t jump ship too soon and don’t rush in to anything. Follow your passion and understand what motivates you. Be prepared to put in the hard work and embrace challenges – turn them in to a positive."
Troy Harris-Speid BA(Hons) CA, Investment Director, LDC
"Early on in your career start to build your external network, you never know who will become a valuable asset. Make sure your network is as wide as possible – when it comes to changing jobs, at some point your career will go from being CV driven to one where you are hired by people you already know - private equity is very much about that. Make sure your network has breadth outside the industry as well and never turn down a chance to meet interesting individuals or management teams."
Peter Wood BSc(Hons) CA FSI, Global CFO, AllSaints
"Key attributes that I think are important to try and adopt are "curiosity, pace and resilience". Also I think very important to not only be able to be able to zoom in to the detail of a particular challenge or opportunity when assessing the best way forward but also to be able to zoom right back out and appreciate the big picture dynamics at work."
Nicola Mills CA, Head of Management Accounting & Procurement, Amnesty International
"A few CAs seemed to think only a few years into their career they'd already carved a career path for themselves they had to follow, e.g. had to stay in Tax, or had to stay in a particular industry - which I tried to explain is just not true - the only thing stopping you trying something new, is you. CAs do all sorts of weird and wonderful and successful things!"
What the attendees said
Jason Harvie, Analyst with Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and ICAS member since 2012 said: “The event was well structured and provided a good platform to benefit from the broad experience set of the select speaker group. Interacting with fellow CA’s from throughout the business community always drives topical conversation and presents a good networking opportunity.”
Lynsey Marshall, Audit Senior with Moore Stephens UK and ICAS member since 2014 added: "This networking event was a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded CAs in the city as well as inspirational leaders from various sectors. From the event, I took away valuable career advice, thought-provoking discussion points and new friendships."
Want to be involved in the next newly qualified CA event?
Whether you are a newly qualified CA or someone with experience to share we’d like you to be part of our next event. The committee would also love to hear from you if you have any ideas or suggestions for a future event. Is there someone you’d really like to meet, or a topic you particularly want to discuss?
Get in touch
To get in touch with the London and Home Counties Area Committee to register your interest or give feedback, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.