Rachel Pigott CA
Rachel Pigott CA, Head of Finance at Brightside, a social mobility charity, chats to ICAS about what makes her proud to be a CA.
After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of York, Rachel spent nine years working in professional services (with EY) where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent 4 years in the Government & Public Sector Advisory team, supporting the government with some of its biggest challenges.
Before joining Brightside in 2016, where she’s taking a lead role on impact reporting, she also worked as an Investment Manager with the Social Business Trust for a year. The venture philanthropy organisation identifies high growth social enterprises in the UK and supports them to scale by providing cash and pro-bono expertise from its corporate partners.
Rachel believes that CAs have a critical role in ensuring organisations act responsibly and in line with the values of the profession. She says: “For me, as a CA working in a small charity, alongside this, it’s also about using my commercial background and training to ensure we are using our resources effectively to deliver the most value to our beneficiaries and customers.”
Rachel continues: “As a CA working in a charity, I believe CAs can play a vital role in improving public trust in the sector. For example, with CAs getting more involved in impact reporting we can apply some of the principles from robust financial reporting to this and hopefully build trust and confidence in impact data and ultimately communicate effectively the value charities add to society.”
On what makes her proud to be a CA, Rachel says: “The CA is a mark of integrity and professional competence recognised worldwide. It’s an honour to be part of the community.”