ICAS Top 100 Young CAs 2019

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By ICAS

10 July 2019

After months of deliberation, ICAS is delighted to announce the Top 100 Young CAs of 2019.

We asked you to nominate CAs under 35 who are excelling in their fields, representing the best of ICAS in the worlds of finance, business and beyond.

In this year’s awards, we wish to identify young CAs who are standing out in the areas of Technology, Trust and Talent, rising to the challenges they present and finding solutions that will shape the new operating environment.

ICAS Chief Executive, Bruce Cartwright CA, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the exceptional CAs who made it on to this year’s Top 100 Young CAs list.

“It is a great achievement to make it onto the list and it presents a wonderful chance for these talented young CAs to be recognised by their peers.

“Having read the names included in this year’s list and heard some of the stories of those who have been nominated I can say that I am confident that our future will be in safe hands.”

We are immensely proud of our Top 100 listed below and look forward to seeing them progress even further in their future careers and as representatives of the CA community. All 100 CAs on the list have been invited to join their peers and other outstanding CAs at The Future Generation event in London in September, where we will hear from the three category winners and also announce the ICAS One Young CA 2019 winner.


ICAS Top 100 Young CAs 2019

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David Anderson CA

David Anderson CA

Financial Controller

Hazco Environmental Ltd

Grangemouth

From his nomination:

"David’s impact as Financial Controller, a newly created role within Hazco, an industrial cleaning and waste management business, has been significant and immediate. He has taken on ownership of the financial process, while becoming an integral member of the Senior Management team during a period of unprecedented growth for the company. He stepped into the role willing to take on responsibility and tackles each new project with positivity and optimism."

Why they stand out:

"David is an ICAS Foundation Mentor and has spent four years volunteering his time in assisting a university student through his CA qualification."


Jennifer Anderson CA

Jennifer Anderson CA

Senior Internal Auditor

DP World

Dubai

From her nomination:

"Working overseas alongside a range of nationalities in Dubai for three years allows Jennifer to appreciate the importance of cultural awareness and its vital role in today’s globalised business environment.

Jennifer’s skill and passion has led to voluntary appointment as Finance Chair for a not-for-profit organisation. Applying critical thinking, challenging the board on its management of stakeholder expectations, she has increased confidence."

Why they stand out:

"Jennifer’s dedication and drive have proven to make her a trusted advisor to senior management."


Nicolaas Jacobus Badenhorst CA

Nicolaas (Jaci) Badenhorst CA

Senior Financial Insights Manager

RBS

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Realising the increasing gap between traditional finance and technological advancements, Jaci has invested time acquiring knowledge and skills in cutting-edge technologies and combining this with the financial and business acumen gained from his CA qualification. He has now assumed a hybrid finance and data-science role, leading multidisciplinary teams of machine-learning and data engineers, statisticians and web developers."

Why they stand out:

"Jaci’s role has brought significant and meaningful changes in how the business operates."


Devika Srimal Bapna CA

Devika Srimal Bapna CA

Founder

KANABIS

New Delhi

From her nomination:

"Devika is founder of her own footwear brand for women, KANABIS, a pioneering, premium cruelty-free brand that is rapidly growing. She uses and enhances the skills and knowledge she acquired as a CA to develop and scale up her business, with a vision to become a global sustainable footwear brand. She has been covered in top fashion magazines and blogs."

Why they stand out:

"Devika is one of the most inspirational go-getters among her peers and has a real passion for sustainable fashion."


Shona C Barker CA

Shona C Barker CA

Senior Manager

PKF Littlejohn

London

From her nomination:

"Ethical integrity and moral courage are at the heart of everything Shona does. Shona believes that we all have the opportunity to make a real difference in society, and that ethos underpins both her accounting work and her extensive community activities.  The skills Shona demonstrates in the boardroom are equally valid volunteering outside in the rain!"

Why they stand out:

"Shona wants to change what accountancy means to a new generation by showing it is fundamentally about helping people."


Jill Catherine Houston Barrow CA

Jill Barrow CA

Financial Controller

Social Investment Scotland

Edinburgh

From her nomination:

"In her time at Social Investment Scotland, Jill has built a value-driven finance team and has transformed the way it operates on a day-to-day basis through her dedication to upholding organisational values. Jill has a deep belief in supporting social enterprises and has led the formation of a new £17m loan fund for social enterprises based in Scotland who find it difficult to access finance from mainstream sources."

Why they stand out:

"Jill possesses impeccable communication and relationship skills."


Rachel Lianne Bell CA CTA

Rachel Bell CA CTA

Principal Manager

EQ Accountants LLP

Dundee

From her nomination:

"Rachel heads up EQ’s Transaction Tax team dealing with business sale, purchase and restructuring.  She delivers a number of R&D claims annually and is a pivotal member of EQ’s dynamic tax team.  Rachel is viewed as the Dundee office’s “go to” person for any tax or related business advice."

Why they stand out:

"Rachel has delivered more than £1m of R&D tax savings to clients and headed up corporate finance deals totalling more than £27m."


Christopher Blues CA

Christopher Blues CA

Programme Manager

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at University of Oxford

Oxford

From his nomination:

"Chris is committed to helping the economy evolve by developing profitable social/ethical businesses and designing suitable investment to help businesses scale. His CA qualification has taken him around the world, unlocking the power of business as an innovative way to deliver positive social impact.

Chris says: "Although social enterprise is predominately about finding financial models to drive social change, I feel it is part of a wider movement, an aspiration, to truly articulate our values in society."

Why they stand out:

"With a selfless outlook and practical application of what it means to be a CA, Chris is a shining example of rebuilding trust within the profession."


David Norrie Booth CA

David Booth CA

Director of Business Advisory and Audit

Campbell Dallas

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"David's talent is infectious and has given his office a huge boost by successfully improving utilisation and recoveries whilst also attracting new talent to join the firm. David has brought in a range of new clients from a variety of different industries since joining."

Why they stand out:

"David commands huge respect from those around him. Through David’s style of leadership and his open and honest conversations with staff he motivates and inspires those around him."


Heather Brandon CA

Heather Brandon CA

Assistant Manager

Grant Thornton

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"In her day-to-day job, Heather is passionate about delivering audit quality. She has taken an active role in her new team in improving audit methodology and documentation, and ensuring quality. She excels in building client relationships, working with clients to deliver audit quality but also value for money for the audit."

Why they stand out:

"Heather’s passion for driving audit quality and building client relationships, along with a strong desire to learn, make her a top young CA."


Edward Brewerton CA

Edward Brewerton CA

Manager

Apache Corporation

Houston

From his nomination:

"An CA of great individual integrity, Ed was working in a leadership role for Apache in Calgary when the company decided to withdraw from the Canadian market and sell on its operations. Ed spent a lot of time speaking with employees who felt apprehensive about the transition and made sure they had the proper support."

Why they stand out:

"Despite his short time at the company, Ed has earned his colleagues’ trust. That kind of leadership is a credit to the profession."


Patrick Brown CA

Patrick Brown CA

Head of Management Accounting

Department for International Development

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Patrick’s talent was identified while still at school and prior to beginning university when he worked as a bookkeeper in a local business. Since gaining his qualification, he has risen to be a senior financial leader within a government department and has been identified as a Civil Service Future Leader through his participation in the Future Leaders Scheme."

Why they stand out:

"Patrick is a CA who uses his professional qualification for the greater good of society through public service and his voluntary contributions."


Suzanne Brownie CA CTA

Suzanne Brownie CA CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Edinburgh

From her nomination:

"An outstanding member of the team, Suzanne exhibits high performance, high potential and strong leadership. She has a passion for leading and influencing individuals, teams and businesses to stimulate growth and new ideas. In her time at the firm she has become a trusted adviser, a leader in entrepreneurial taxes and gained a nomination for best EIS/SEIS Tax Adviser. In her spare time she has represented Scotland in touch rugby."

Why they stand out:

"Suzanne has made significant inroads into influencing change and development with senior leaders and has built relationships with the corporate finance team."


Tyler John Buchan CA

Tyler Buchan CA

Head of Financial Processes

BrewDog

Ellon

From his nomination:

"An extremely talented and intelligent young CA, Tyler began his career with PwC where he gained his ICAS qualification, before joining NYSE-listed FET Inc in 2011.

Achieving eight promotions in seven years, Tyler advanced his career to Director level at FET before moving from the oil and gas sector to join craft beer business BrewDog in October 2018."

Why they stand out:

"Tyler constantly challenges the business, both operationally and financially, a valuable skill in the financial industry."


Meg Burns CA

Meg Burns CA

Senior Adviser

BEIS

London

From her nomination:

"Meg has been a member of the ICAS Sustainability Panel for two years and has helped to raise awareness of some of the government and regulatory changes emerging in relation to sustainability that are relevant to our members. Her role within BEIS enables her to be aware of developments and innovations affecting the business environment."

Why they stand out:

"Meg is making an impact in her field and raising awareness regarding sustainability and business."


Laura Busch CA

Laura Busch CA

Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst

Office of the Mayor, San Francisco

San Francisco

From her nomination:

"Since qualifying as a CA, Laura has used her experience and qualifications to improve the lives of people across Africa and the Middle East through projects that reduce poverty, expand economic opportunity and improve the rule of law. In her current role, she advises the Mayor of San Francisco on local issues including homelessness, social services, social equity and workforce policy."

Why they stand out:

"Laura has been recognised by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her work."


Edward David William Carey CA

Edward Carey CA

Finance Director

Butternut Box

London

From his nomination:

"Edward has been integral to more than £30m of equity and debt raised across two tech start-ups in his role as Finance Director at Hostmaker and now at Butternut Box. He has helped both businesses double their customer bases and resultant revenue over short periods of time and in ever-changing regulatory and operating environments."

Why they stand out:

"Following his own accommodation difficulties while on the Erasmus programme, Edward established a student accommodation investment business in Paris."


Sid Chadha CA

Sid Chadha CA

Senior Manager, Internal Audit – Asia Pacific

HSBC

Hong Kong

From his nomination:

"Sid has extensive and diverse experience in the financial services industry. He has worked in Big 4 firms and multinational banks including KPMG, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC across three countries, giving him global CA experience. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2017 for his current role with HSBC where he is continuing to develop his knowledge of the Asia-Pacific market."

Why they stand out:

"Sid is an experienced banking professional and a senior manager, with a track record of building and motivating diverse teams."


Jenny Hin Sui Chu, CA

Jenny Hin Sui Chu, CA

Group Financial Controller

DPR Consulting Limited

London

From her nomination:

"Jenny is currently Group FC at DPR, a Private Equity-backed Fintech, where she was brought in to build a Finance function from scratch. Prior to this, Jenny was part of the FinTech team at Deloitte UK. Her experience includes a secondment into Innovative Finance, study into and production of the Global Fintech Hubs Report, development of an executive-level Innovation and Digital Leadership programme and being part of the pioneering team to implement Robotics Process Automation within Finance."

Why they stand out:

"Jenny strives to constantly innovate and develop and is always looking for better ways of doing things. In addition, Jenny is committed to sustainability and promoting gender parity in the workplace."


Lesley Clark CA

Lesley Clark CA

Director and Head of Finance

Johnston Carmichael

Edinburgh

From her nomination:

"An outstanding member of the team, Lesley’s career has progressed rapidly, and she is developing into a transformational leader. She has made a significant impact in her role with her ability to understand the business and translate that into reporting output and leading the finance team into a new era of being true business partners."

Why they stand out:

"A high performer with a commercial outlook, Lesley has the unique ability of being able to build strong relationships while providing insightful analysis for our business. She is truly helping to lead our future at JC."


Melanie Elizabeth Clark CA

Melanie Clark CA

Assistant Director

Hall Morrice Corporate Finance

Aberdeen

From her nomination:

"Just a few short years after qualifying as a CA, Melanie has assumed the role of Assistant Director of Hall Morrice Corporate Finance. She was included in the ICAS Top 100 Young CAs in 2018, while also winning the Rising Star category of the Northern Star business awards, and was crowned Accountant of the Year in the Scottish Accountancy Awards."

Why they stand out:

"Her commitment to developing the business and brand, along with her skills in the highly-specialised corporate finance sphere, led to her quick promotion."


Alistair James Connal CA

Alistair Connal CA

Manager, Corporate Strategy and Top Partners

Google, USA

New York

From his nomination:

"Following five years with EY, Alistair relocated to America to work with technological giant Google. He is an excellent ambassador of the CA brand overseas and utilises his skillset as a CA to ensure new launches run smoothly and efficiently. In his role with Google, Alistair has a great degree of influence in shaping the future of business."

Why they stand out:

"His keen innovative skills, and aptitude for financial planning, analysis and strategy set Alistair apart."


David Cornell CA

David Cornell CA

Manager

Deloitte

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"A highly valued, ambitious and enthusiastic member of the Deloitte team, David has emerged as a strong leader with excellent prospects in furthering his professional career. David is very professional and is an excellent role model. He has supported clients on multiple M&A transactions this year, with a collective enterprise value exceeding £6bn."

Why they stand out:

"His drive, passion and solid understanding of business and client needs makes him stand out from his peers. He always shows willingness to coach junior team members."


Peter Groat Cowan CA

Peter Cowan CA

Senior Audit Analyst

Hall Morrice

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"No stranger to hard work, Peter was able to graduate from university while holding down a part-time job with the family business. Whilst working at Hall Morrice and gaining his CA qualification, Peter has continued working on his family’s dairy farm in a multitude of roles from sales to business review thus getting real-life experience of running a business. Although newly qualified, Peter is confident in working unsupported and has already been seconded to a client in Norway."

Why they stand out:

"Efficiency is Peter’s middle name. His ability to assess a situation and identify what needs to be done is second to none."


James Cran CA

James Cran CA

Audit

Audit Scotland

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Since qualifying James has contributed much to the profession. In his work James has contributed to Audit Scotland's excellent team, ensuring good value for money for Scottish taxpayers. Outside work he is a regular attendee at ICAS events and encourages others to come along."

Why they stand out:

"From his professional work to his support for ICAS, CAs like James are the backbone of the Scottish profession."


Jamie Dale CA

Jamie Dale CA

Lead Policy and Programmes Advisor

Department for International Development

Sudan

From his nomination:

"Jamie is a key member of the Department for International Development’s country office in Sudan, working closely with both internal management and directors. A focus of his work includes engagement with the international aid community, including other donors and multilateral organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank."

Why they stand out:

"Jamie uses the knowledge and skills he learned as a CA to ensure the best use of taxpayers’ funds and UK aid overall in humanitarian, governance and poverty reduction programming."


Jiří Daniel CA CMA

Jiří Daniel CA CMA

Valuations Executive

Ernst & Young LLP

London

From his nomination:

"Jiří currently works as an investment valuation specialist, his experience in this area covering PE- and VC-backed businesses as well as financial institutions, including FinTechs."

Why they stand out:

"Jiří pioneered accounting for crypto-assets at EY. He has spearheaded publications on the accounting, regulatory and valuation implications of blockchain technology, influencing senior business leaders within his firm and sparking interest beyond. These publications include IFRS (#) Accounting for crypto-assetsLife of a coin: shaping the future of crypto-asset capital markets, and The valuation of crypto-assets."


Bradley Delamare CA

Bradley Delamare CA

CEO

Tank Stream Labs

Sydney

From his nomination:

"Bradley is a big believer in jumping in at the deep end, which is exactly what he did with his move from working in a Big Four firm to leading a small business entrenched in startup culture. Under Bradley’s leadership, Tank Stream Labs has become one of the largest hubs and events name in Australia’s technology and start-up sector."

Why they stand out:

"In addition to his work with Tank Stream Labs, Bradley mentors new technology companies, and has helped many get off the ground."


Christopher Docherty CA

Christopher Docherty CA

Associate Director

RSM

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"As someone who grew up in a deprived area, Chris knows only too well the difference the ICAS Foundation can make in helping a disadvantaged young person reach their potential. He has been instrumental in recruiting more than 10 CAs to mentor ICAS Foundation students on a voluntary basis, helping them transition from university to a professional career and training contract with ICAS. He has been a mentor for over 5 years, and has helped numerous students gain work placements."

Why they stand out:

"Chris is a man of ethical integrity and moral courage who is keen to share his experience to help others."


Kieran D’Silva CA

Kieran D’Silva CA

Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer

PrimaryBid

London

From his nomination:

"PrimaryBid is an online platform which provides retail investors access to new share issues from listed companies at the same discount as institutions.

Kieran is Co-Founder and CFO of the company, which recently entered into an exclusive commercial agreement with Euronext and was part of the Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab 2018 cohort."

Why they stand out:

"Kieran is also a member of the Venture Partnership Foundation and an Advisory Board Member of Footprints Life Camp."


Lauren Forbes CA

Lauren Forbes CA

Senior Tax Manager

PwC

Edinburgh

From her nomination:

"Lauren leads her team in a supportive, collaborative manner and always helps those who work for her to develop their skills and experience on her jobs.

Lauren takes her role in the team seriously and has also volunteered to be a representative of PwC’s collaborative initiative which seeks to encourage diversity across the business."

Why they stand out:

"Lauren makes a difference to everyone she works with. With a positive attitude, she is always finding ways to help others and loves a challenge."


Craig French CA

Craig French CA

Tax Director

PwC

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"A natural role model and leader, Craig is highly valued by his colleagues for his positive and encouraging attitude, often under difficult and challenging circumstances. He heads up the Scottish Large Corporate tax team in PwC and takes pride in delivering great services to his clients. Along with his exceptional level of tax technical knowledge, Craig also makes a conscious effort to develop those around him."

Why they stand out:

"Craig is sincere, personable and bright, and possesses an exceptional level of technical knowledge on tax."


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Marwan Ghannam CA

Marwan Ghannam CA

Founder

Diet Specialist

Solihull

From his nomination:

"Having built a seven-figure nutrition business, Marwan’s company, Diet Specialist has delivered courses to over 20,000 students across five continents. Their nutrition diploma is certified to the highest level by the UK’s governing body for nutritionists at level 5 and his business, nutrition and financial skills have increased turnover year-on-year by 25% and secured contracts with several multinational companies."

Why they stand out:

"Marwan also leads various youth and charity projects, raising over £17,000, and he is a director of Solihull Islamic Education Academy, a charity."


Scott Andrew Greig CA

Scott Greig CA

Principal Manager

EQ Accountants

Cupar

From his nomination:

"Scott has since spent time establishing himself in the north-east Fife business community, building trust in both himself and the firm. He has done this by joining local business networks and focused a large proportion of his time on business development. He has dedicated his time to learning about his new portfolio of clients, who value his advice."

Why they stand out:

"Scott has been instrumental in the success of EQ’s Cupar office over recent years and is key to its continued development."


Jordan Haldane CA

Jordan Haldane CA

Senior Audit Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Jordan is a young CA who embodies the attributes of a trusted adviser. A natural problem solver, he thinks independently and carefully about technical matters and before consulting to ensure his clients receive the appropriate levels of challenge and advice. Working with a portfolio of owner-managed businesses, Jordan is often the first line of defence to ensure the firm complies with ethical standards."

Why they stand out:

"He has demonstrated the moral courage to tell clients and colleagues where to draw the line."


Jason Matthew Harvie CA

Jason Harvie CA

Investment Manager – Private Equity (Co-Investments)

Standard Life Aberdeen Plc

London

From his nomination:

"Over the past three years, Jason has worked on multiple initiatives at ICAS, focused mainly on growth, strategy, member engagement and brand development. As  Chair of the ICAS London Area Committee, he has represented the voice of London members and worked to rebuild trust in business through ICAS."

Why they stand out:

"Jason has made a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the institute and has been at the centre of key initiatives including the #ProudtobeaCA campaign and the prominent leaders' speaker series."


Fawad Hayee CA

Fawad Hayee CA

Regional Financial Controller

Omnicom Media Group MENA

London

From his nomination:

"Fawad has over 10 years of experience in audit, advisory and industry. He has experience of working in London and Dubai and is part of the Middle East & North Africa finance leadership team for multinational media agency Omnicom. He continues to work to raise the profile of ICAS in the Middle East through organising networking events, each of which has included a guest speaker, with more planned in 2019."

Why they stand out:

"Fawad has taken on the challenge to raise more than £4,000 for various charities through an exhibition in Mongolia in August. Fawad also leads the ICAS network in the UAE and continues to raise the profile of ICAS in the region."


Andrew John Henderson CA

Andrew Henderson CA

Associate Director

Deloitte

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"Working in international tax, Andrew has developed a deep technical specialism in transfer pricing, being the only such practitioner in the local market. He has used his talents to develop and train a team around him in this area.

Andrew uses his skills to drive efficiency for his clients, focusing on areas of judgment and complex technical issues, whilst ensuring his advice is consistent with wider commercial objectives."

Why they stand out:

"He is renowned as being a team player, coaching the next generation of CAs, and is frequently praised for the guidance he provides."


Andrew Hepburn, CA

Andrew Hepburn, CA

General Manager

Westerton Access Limited

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"After becoming an ICAS member in 2013, Andrew entered the Oil and Gas service industry. In 2015, he started his own company, which was incorporated as a division of the Westerton Group; Westerton Access Limited. Westerton Access Limited has become the first company accredited through the American Bureau of Shipping and DNV to perform UWILD/SPS Subsea inspections on operational assets performing Non-Destructive Testing using ROVs."

Why they stand out:

"Andrew’s motivation and drive has changed the face of inspection in the oil field allowing asset surveys to be performed safer with no down time to the client."


Nicola Imison CA

Nicola Imison CA

Sales Planning Manager

Jaguar Land Rover Australia

Sydney

From her nomination:

"Within a few months of arriving in Australia, Nicola secured a Management Accounting role and now has a senior financial position with a leading luxury car brand. She has developed her expertise to include logistics and distribution, stakeholder management and an entirely different working culture. She is working hard to make sure her talent remains relevant."

Why they stand out:

"Nicola moved across the world to build a new life and career for herself while staying true to her CA roots."


Craig Keating CA

Craig Keating CA

Accounts Supervisor

Martin Aitken & Co.

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Focusing on charity auditing and statutory accounting during his training, Craig’s experience has been diverse, working with clients generating income from £100k to over £10m. He is highly valued by his firm for his work and for his can‐do attitude. He is always at the forefront, ready to undertake new responsibilities. Craig has most recently undertaken short business advisory assignments for SME."

Why they stand out:

"Craig is a strong positive influence with drive and passion. His ability to engage with, comfort and reassure clients and contacts sets him apart."


Ryan Kemlo CA

Ryan Kemlo CA

Assistant Manager

KPMG

Auckland

From his nomination:

"At 23 years old Ryan has combined studying for a degree at the University of Exeter, completing his CA qualification, and achieving promotion to Assistant Manager in financial services audit. As part of this Ryan has moved from Scotland to Auckland, New Zealand, to embrace new businesses and accounting treatments, and a whole new life."

Why they stand out:

"Ryan’s passion for change and self-development, as well as demonstrable adaptability and drive, are what make Ryan a leader of the future."


Thomas Kendall CA

Thomas Kendall CA

Audit Manager

PwC

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Thomas is a young CA with a unique style of relationship building who works exceptionally hard with his clients. A colleague, who was introduced to Thomas when he started working on their company’s audit, says: “He is now the Audit Manager, and it is fantastic to see him grow into that position. Our relationship continues to grow, although our conversations may have become more technical in nature.”

Why they stand out:

"Thomas goes above and beyond in establishing relationships with clients and colleagues. He is open, enthusiastic and hardworking."


Eric Kenny CA

Eric Kenny CA

Aviation & Travel Finance Manager

Civil Aviation Authority

London

From his nomination:

"Eric brings the knowledge he accumulated working in practice to the role of regulation. He specialises in safeguarding consumers on ATOL protected holidays. Eric applies financial analysis skills to assess travel companies, understand how each business performs and ensure that each successful applicant who receives a licence continues to have a viable financial future."

Why they stand out:

"A great deal of consumer trust is placed on Eric to conduct proper, independent judgement."


Gareth Lee CA

Gareth Lee CA

Founder

Techxi

Pontypridd

From his nomination:

"Gareth founded Techxi, a taxi start-up, in the South West of England in February 2018. The business has successfully launched its mobile app and traditional business and is generating a seven-figure income."

Why they stand out:

"Gareth’s business strategy has allowed his company not only to establish itself but to grow organically, despite having a significantly smaller resource base than its competitors."


Benedict Leslie CA

Benedict Leslie CA

Investment Executive

Puma Private Equity

London

From his nomination:

"Ben’s due diligence background has ensured his rapid progress to investment lead and the face of Puma Private Equity in Scotland, which he joined in 2018. He has an analytical approach to investment appraisals and focuses on the detail to identify key deal drivers. Ben also previously spent ten weeks volunteering as a consultant within the finance and strategy team of a social enterprise in Cambodia."

Why they stand out:

"Ben’s passion and drive in using his skills to work beyond his role."


Gareth Robert Lewis CA

Gareth Lewis CA

Chief Executive and Co-Founder

Delio

Cardiff

From his nomination:

"Gareth co-founded global financial technology provider Delio in 2015. Headquartered in Cardiff, with clients in the UK, Continental Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, Delio plays an active role in the local business community. His company is recognised as one of the UK’s top 20 fintech companies to watch. Gareth qualified as a CA while working with EY and Convex Capital."

Why they stand out:

"Gareth’s drive and passion set him apart. His integrity, respect, and honesty make him an inspirational leader and mentor."


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Sergey Maltsev CA

Sergey Maltsev CA

Head of Finance & Operations

Linnworks

London

From his nomination:

"Having previously worked at EY and FTI Consulting, Sergey has achieved success and recognition as an emerging transfer-pricing leader. In his first few months at e-commerce business Linnworks he became a key player and right-hand man to the CEO while leading his own finance team."

Why they stand out:

Callum Campbell, CEO of Linnworks, says: “Sergey is an exceptional talent. He operates with a sharp commercial mindset, always aligning the work of his team to the strategic objectives of the business.”


Lauryn Martin CA

Lauryn Martin CA

Manager

PwC

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"Lauryn epitomises great service to her clients and has demonstrated that being a trusted advisor is about more than having strong technical knowledge, but also being able to understand client issues, empathising and bringing insight.

She takes a personal interest in delivering tax technical training and wider support to trainee CAs."

Why they stand out:

"Lauryn has also used her CA qualification, experience and leadership skills to oversee a project for a Scottish charity and social enterprise as part of PwC’s Emerging Leaders Programme."


Steven Neil Massie CA

Steven Massie CA

Business Advisory Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Inverurie

From his nomination:

"After graduating top of his class, Steven began his CA studies with Johnston Carmichael, and his career has since progressed at a fast pace. He has taken on a client list ranging from owner-managed businesses operating locally to those at a multinational level. Steven has also been at the forefront of several large projects, including assisting a client with business recovery and turnaround."

Why they stand out:

"Outside work, Steven is a Trustee and Treasurer for both the Gordon Riding for the Disabled Association and Garioch Sports Centre, and he mentors pupils at Inverurie Academy."


Alex McCall CA

Alex McCall CA

Enterprise Risk Manager

Clifford Chance

London

From his nomination:

"Alex has used his CA to move from internal audit and risk advisory at Deloitte into a role at Clifford Chance as a senior member of the risk team. In this role, Alex has led the design and implementation of a refreshed enterprise risk management framework, aligning risk to strategy and moving to a more data-driven risk management approach. This has seen the input and engagement levels from senior members of the firm increase dramatically, resulting in more robust conversations about risk."

Why they stand out:

"Alex is a key committee member with Scottish charity North Kelvin Sports Development Group, which delivers projects across Glasgow with a focus on integrating young people of all backgrounds through sport. Alex primarily provides strategic and financial support. During his time there, the group has generated over £500k in fundraising and moved from being volunteer-led to a commercially viable operation with around five full-time equivalent members of staff."


Kirsty McClure CA

Kirsty McClure CA

Senior Manager

Morgan Stanley

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"Since joining Morgan Stanley’s Glasgow Finance team from practice in 2012, Kirsty has excelled and has been promoted twice, now assuming a Senior Management role aged just 32.

Innovative and committed, Kirsty is responsible for the global payroll accounting and control function, spanning 50,000 employees across 70 subsidiaries in 25 countries."

Why they stand out:

"Kirsty inspires others by sharing her knowledge and experience and is involved in mentoring school leavers on a career academy program. She supports charities with operational issues through the “Make a Difference” campaign."


Sandra McCrimmon CA

Sandra McCrimmon CA

Senior Audit Manager

Deloitte

Edinburgh

From her nomination:

"Sandra is a Senior Audit Manager working on Deloitte’s largest financial services audit engagement in Scotland and, with a mature, compassionate and supportive leadership style, has become a true anchor for her team. She always puts the wellbeing of her team first and is consistently able to bring out the best in her people by promoting a culture in which they feel valued and supported."

Why they stand out:

"Sandra was appointed in 2018 as the Student Recruitment Coordinator for FS Audit Scotland, where she became a passionate advocate for gender balance."


Mhairi McDonald CA

Mhairi McDonald CA

Assistant Manager

Deloitte

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"Passionate and driven, Mhairi embodies all the attributes and values expected of a young CA and takes every opportunity to improve her knowledge. With a sharp focus on the quality of the work that her team deliver, Mhiari is responsible for managing a wide portfolio of audit engagements and leads her team through complex situations with integrity and skill."

Why they stand out:

"In her facilitation role, Mhairi is responsible for developing the skills and knowledge of Deloitte’s ICAS trainees."


Natalie McIver CA

Natalie McIver CA

Audit Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"Natalie played a leading role in the establishment and growth of Johnston Carmichael in the national pension-audit marketplace. Integral to Natalie’s role is ensuring that auditing services can be trusted by pension scheme members and beneficiaries. Natalie’s portfolio includes several high-profile schemes within the Pension Protection Fund assessment period, where the employer suffered an insolvency event."

Why they stand out:

"Natalie helps to enforce trust in the accountancy profession through her work for pensioners, future pensioners and their dependants."


Craig McLaughlin CA

Craig McLaughlin CA

Senior Lecturer

University of Strathclyde

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"In his role of Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Craig has proved himself an inspirational mentor and educator. He has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and as Assistant Manager at KPMG UK. Craig embodied ICAS’ core values and employs them when teaching."

Why they stand out:

"Craig is willing to go above and beyond for his students to meet their needs and has a clear and engaging teaching style."


Iain Gordon McMichael CA

Iain McMichael CA

Senior Manager, Data Analytics

PwC

London

From his nomination:

"Iain has put the core skills and knowledge of the CA to good use, transforming PwC’s auditing approach and developing new tools and technology. PwC’s global application “Halo for Journals” saw Iain coordinating teams around the world to automate delivery in over 30 countries. He has also held Directorships at BizPrompt (a networking app that simplifies creating and maintaining professional connections) and The IT Range (reservation software and loyalty based apps for the hospitality industry)."

Why they stand out:

"Iain’s leadership and team building skills, combined with his proficiency in data processing set him apart."


Adam Scott McMillan CA

Adam McMillan CA

Audit and Assurance Senior Manager

Deloitte

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Adam originally trained in astrophysics before making his move to accounting. He looks after a varied portfolio of clients through his role as Financial Specialist and Quality Control Reviewer. In addition to his work with Deloitte, Adam has been active in ICAS graduate recruitment programmes, and volunteered to mentor high school students."

Why they stand out:

"Adam is highly regarded for his calming influence and inspiring leadership. He has a strong moral character and a passion for learning."


Hamisha Mehta CA

Hamisha Mehta CA

Senior Commercial Financial Manager

pladis

Hayes

From her nomination:

"In addition to her current role as Commercial Finance Manager, Hamisha has used her CA qualification to support the local community and social enterprises. She was a co-opted Governor for an inner-city state primary school and supported the school to develop a strong budgeting process, recruit a headteacher and improve the OFSTED rating. Hamisha is a financial advisor to DotCoach CIC and, with her husband, founded a start-up developing software for traders of cryptocurrencies."

Why they stand out:

"Hamisha is a full-time working mother with a strong sense of community."


Jonathan Mills CA

Jonathan Mills CA

Manager, Equity Capital Markets

Deloitte

London

From his nomination:

"Jonathan makes a positive contribution in his role as Manager in the Equity Capital Markets Practice at Deloitte and as a CA in society. He is a member of the ICAS London Area Network and also an adviser on the Board of Trustees of a charity that provides therapy treatments to those unable to afford them."

Why they stand out:

"Jonathan mentors a young artist, allowing her to pursue her passion through helping prepare business models and funding applications."


Shahbaz Shaheen Mirza CA

Shahbaz Mirza CA

Head of Digital Transformation

Campbell Dallas

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Over his seven-year career, Shahbaz has expanded his skills from auditing technology for FTSE 100 clients to launching landmark fintech-industry initiatives in the Middle East. He was listed in the top 500 global leaders in the Middle East in 2018. His work with Campbell Dallas has seen him create, develop and implement a digital transformation strategy to align change and cultural initiatives with technological advancement."

Why they stand out:

"Shahbaz also trains clients on HMRC’s effort to digitise all tax returns and spearheads what client services the firm will offer."


Arti Modhwadia CA

Arti Modhwadia CA

Commercial Finance Manager

Harvey Nichols

London

From her nomination:

"Arti uses her CA qualification to help people see the bigger picture to get the best results. She was pivotal in the project for the refurbishment of the ground floor in the Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge flagship store, building close relationships with the property, buying and merchandising teams. Arti was also recently involved in the ICAS Proud to be a CA initiative."

Why they stand out:

"Arti’s career path highlights her adaptability and versatility, and proves inspirational to those considering the CA qualification."


Philip Brendan Mowat CA

Philip Mowat CA

Senior Audit Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Philip is a highly regarded member of the audit team who continually demonstrates his ability to lead. During his nine years at Johnston Carmichael Philip has helped clients, both large and small, navigate the often complex and challenging requirements in the most efficient way possible. Most notably, Philip was at the forefront of supporting clients implement FRS 102 and 101."

Why they stand out:

"In an increasingly digital world, Philip leads from the front by implementing data-analytic audit techniques across the firm’s portfolio of clients."


Kimberley Oliver CA

Kimberley Oliver CA

Director

Xenith Financial Services

Aberdeen

From her nomination:

"Kimberley set up Xenith in 2016. In its first year the company achieved a six-figure turnover with a growth rate by the end of year two in excess of 90%. Xenith has successfully completed work for a variety of clients, from small growing businesses to listed billion-pound turnover companies. She convinces business leaders that the right financial support drives improvements across the entire organisation, generates return on investments, and helps ensure business objectives are met."

Why they stand out:

"Much of Xenith’s business is generated through word of mouth and client recommendations, underlining how valued Kimberley is as a finance professional."


Gavin William Paterson, CA

Gavin Paterson CA

Business Advisory Senior Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Alongside a successful career to date, Gavin has volunteered to work on a number of strategic firm technology projects. His input and experiences have helped the firm adopt a new operating environment in line with the pace of technological change within the accounting profession. Gavin strives to put himself in both the client’s and the firm’s shoes, ensuring clear communication and understanding."

Why they stand out:

"Gavin’s tireless work, enthusiasm and commitment to the firm leads him to consistently exceed expectations, despite a busy client workload."


Andrew Reekie, CA

Andrew Reekie CA

VP Finance, Media

DAZN

New York

From his nomination:

"Andrew qualified as a CA while working at PwC in Edinburgh before relocating to Singapore to assume the role of Assurance Manager. Following this, he undertook a position as APAC Commercial Analyst with PERFORM, a global sports media company, before moving to New York to work for DAZN, the world’s first sport streaming service, in the role of VP Finance, Media."

Why they stand out:

"Andrew is at the forefront of technology and media developments, and his skills in financial analysis, reporting, and auditing are formidable."


Debbie Reeve, CA

Debbie Reeve CA

Senior Manager

Aztec Financial Services (Jersey) Limited

St Helier

From her nomination:

"After five years working in Audit at E&Y, Debbie joined Aztec in 2017 and progressed quickly to Senior Manager. She managed the migration of the operations of one of the biggest fund management business in Jersey to Aztec, has been involved in creating group-wide procedures and has led all internal Real Assets group projects. She also helps deliver the company’s strategic aims, sitting on a number of working groups."

Why they stand out:

"Aside from her client responsibilities, Debbie supports the business in recruitment and training."


Elizabeth Louise Richards CA

Elizabeth Richards CA

Controller

BP

Sunbury-on-thames

From her nomination:

"Elizabeth has established herself as an expert on internal control across BP’s global upstream operations and has developed extensive knowledge of the requirements of a strong system of internal control. Her role requires significant integration and interaction across a variety of teams and levels in BP, and she navigates through the organisation effectively whilst being supportive of colleagues."

Why they stand out:

"Liz’s passion for personal and organisational development makes her the embodiment of a CA."


Katherine Ritchie CA

Katherine Ritchie CA

Transformation and Special Projects Lead

Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA), a Novartis company

Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France

From her nomination:

"A conscientious CA demonstrating leadership and initiative at work, in volunteering/mentoring roles, and in her ICAS positions (Members’ Board and Young Leaders Board). Katherine is establishing a project management function in AAA to drive strategic objectives and operational efficiency; supporting the company’s mission to transform patients’ lives with nuclear medicine."

Why they stand out:

"Katherine’s positive attitude and humility, combined with her drive, desire to embrace new challenges and willingness to coach, enables her/her teams to deliver outstanding results. She’s also a qualified Mental Health First Aider."


Rachael Rodger CA

Rachael Rodger CA

Corporate Tax Senior Manager

PwC

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"An authentic and caring CA, Rachael is widely recognised as an approachable person you can always trust. She has experience both as an auditor and as a tax professional within PwC, and builds deep, trusted advisor relationships with her clients. Rachael has shown fantastic agility in her ability to adapt to her tax role, and constantly develops her skills."

Why they stand out:

"Rachael is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to her clients and to delivering to the best of her abilities."


Eleanor Fiona Rooke CA

Eleanor Rooke CA

Finance Director

Berwickshire Housing Association

Penicuik

From her nomination:

"Only six months into her new role, Eleanor is already making a profound difference to BHA. A natural leader with a command of herself and great clarity and insight, she has inspired confidence and calm in her team. Eleanor has quickly mastered the complexities of BHA’s wind farm finance and contributes to debates on the Association’s future."

Why they stand out:

"Eleanor has an analytical brain that quickly assesses any issues and brings solutions to problems."


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Daniel Schofield CA

Daniel Schofield CA

Group Compliance Manager

ghd (part of the Coty Inc Group)

Leeds

From his nomination:

"Since starting in his role at ghd, Dan has relished undertaking additional responsibilities and opportunities, going above and beyond the demands of his role. He has established a reputation as an expert across a wide range of financial and tax-related fields, earned through undertaking research and applying his knowledge to education, fostering collaboration across the business."

Why they stand out:

"Dan’s keen sense of perspective and dedication towards the education of others shows that he is a great future talent."


Rohan Sharma CA

Rohan Sharma CA

Vice President

Travelport

Slough

From his nomination:

"Rohan is a true professional inside and outside the workplace. He has a strong technical foundation which allows him to quickly dissect a problem and find a solution. This, coupled with strong interpersonal and presentation skills, has accelerated his promotion to being the youngest Vice President in travel commerce business Travelport. Rohan also invests time in helping others in their careers through mentorship."

Why they stand out:

"Rohan established the Ethnicity Resource Group at his company, where he drives the team to promote inclusiveness in the workplace."


Ebrahim Adam Sidat CA

Ebrahim Sidat CA

Managing Director

AMS Accountants Group

Manchester

From his nomination:

"Alongside winning numerous awards as Managing Director for the AMS Accountants Group employing over a hundred staff, Ebrahim also serves as a Non-Executive for many well-established businesses, charities and social enterprises. With a passion for education, Ebrahim continues to widen and broaden his skillset by studying leadership courses at leading business schools around the world."

Why they stand out:

"Ebrahim runs the AMS Academy, which takes talented youngsters from disadvantaged communities and mentors them into successful careers within accounting."


Craig Robert Smith CA

Craig Smith CA

Technical Staff

IFRS Foundation

London

From his nomination:

"Craig plays a vital role in the International Accounting Standard Board’s work to support the application of IFRS Standards globally. Craig has worked on key implementation projects, including the new revenue standard. His expertise has granted him an invitation to speak on accounting for crypto-assets at the United National Conference on Trade and Development."

Why they stand out:

"His work fosters trust, growth and long-term financial stability in the global economy."


Emma Snow CA

Emma Snow CA

Commercial Director

Naked Wines

Norwich

From her nomination:

"Emma spent eight successful years with EY, helping clients to plan and deliver transactions and strategies to maximise value and minimise cost.

Emma now leads the wine team at Naked Wines and is responsible for commercial decision-making on the entire wine range in the UK - that’s 11 million bottles of over 400 products from 120 suppliers.

Naked Wines finds the world’s best independent winemakers and backs them to make incredible wines for their customers by cutting out the middleman. Emma is responsible for making key decisions to ensure that both winemakers and wine drinkers get a fair price for the best wine."

Why they stand out:

"Emma is also Trustee and Treasurer for Carers Network, a charity that provides support to unpaid carers across London."


Melissa Jane Spence CA

Melissa Spence CA

Senior Strategy Manager

Lion

Docklands, Melbourne

From her nomination:

"In a low-margin industry, it can be difficult to drive profitable growth, but Melissa's role sees her do just that. She has helped lead food and beverage business Lion through divestments, acquisitions and driving change initiatives, such as simplification of legacy sites, products and processes.  With these executed, Melissa now leads the sale of the whole Dairy business."

Why they stand out:

"The CA qualification brought Melissa to Australia and now she is using it to ensure the future of a national favourite."


Rebecca Steele CA

Rebecca Steele CA

Senior Finance Manager

Expedia

London

From her nomination:

"In her senior finance role, Rebecca, who has previously worked at EY and Shelter UK, now works on forecasting and reporting to support Expedia’s rapid growth. Rebecca has also volunteered as a Debt Advisor with Citizens’ Advice."

Why they stand out:

"Rebecca consistently uses her CA qualification to help others, both professionally and in her spare time."


Richard Stephenson CA

Richard Stephenson CA

Senior Manager

Hall Morrice LLP

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"Richard is a project manager, relationship builder, team leader and technology champion. Following a major restructuring of the firm, and working with partners and senior managers, Richard oversaw the merger of Hall Morrice’s business advisory, audit and accounts departments, while fully embracing the process of change to operating systems needed to be a firm fit for the 21st century."

Why they stand out:

"While developments in technology may be a challenge to some, Richard sees an opportunity to help transform and improve what the profession can do."


Heather Stokes CA

Heather Stokes CA

Financial Analyst

Harvey Nichols

London

From her nomination:

"After completing her CA qualification, Heather followed her strong interest in fashion and took up an opportunity with Harvey Nichols, having previously worked in the International Tax department at EY. She was recently involved in the ICAS Proud to be a CA initiative."

Why they stand out:

"Heather exemplifies the versatility of the CA qualification, and is an advocate for challenging the typical stereotype of a CA."


Craig Robert Strachan CA

Craig Strachan CA

Co-founder

The Start-Up Drinks Lab

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Craig and his co-founder launched The Start-Up Drinks Lab in 2018 and have now been trading for roughly nine months. They employ eight members of staff and have worked with over 50 different clients. Although having never worked in manufacturing before, Craig used his ICAS training to be proactive in his own personal development and learning to pick up the processes."

Why they stand out:

"Craig’s leadership skills have proved invaluable as he faced the challenges of launching a start-up."


Ian Robert David Stuart CA

Ian Stuart CA

Executive Director, EMEA Head of Client Asset Operations

Morgan Stanley

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Since being nominated in the ICAS 100 Young CAs in 2018, Ian has assumed responsibility for EMEA Client Asset Oversight in addition to the UK Team, and is now the EMEA Head of Client Asset Operations.

His expanded role has allowed him to sponsor the development of key individuals within his team and to reward their hard work and dedication."

Why they stand out:

"Ian’s engaging personality and hands-on approach has grown his technical expertise to cover multiple client asset regimes."


Eric John Summers CA

Eric Summers CA

Partner

Leiper & Summers

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"After making the ICAS 100 Young CA 2018, “EJ” has continued to progress as an ICAS member and Partner in practice. He has joined the ICAS Members Advisory Panel Board, an dhas helped to continue to grow the firm year on year through word of mouth referrals and business development with remarkable results, reflected in the exemplary service it offers to clients."

Why they stand out:

"EJ’s dedication to client service and enthusiasm is second to none. He engages successfully with clients and colleagues to create strong business relationships."


Emma Sutherland CA CTA

Emma Sutherland CA CTA

Senior Manager

PwC

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"Emma has played a key role in building a region-focused M&A tax team into a team that works on a national basis, with clients from across the UK and overseas. Emma has successfully completed PwC’s emerging leaders programme and has obtained sought-after places on European wide M&A courses."

Why they stand out:

"Emma possesses strong leadership skills and integrity."


John Sutherland CA

John Sutherland CA

Corporate Development Manager

London Stock Exchange Group

London

From his nomination:

"Before leaving to join the London Stock Exchange Group, John had taken on an influential role within Standard Life Aberdeen plc and was critical in helping the company deliver two major transformational M&A deals: the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management and in particular the subsequent disposal of Standard Life Assurance to the Phoenix Group.

His passion for his work and his ability to build relationships throughout the business meant he had developed a detailed understanding of the business."

Why they stand out:

"John’s involvement in the transaction process, his ability to take on responsibility well above his level and manage the process was an important factor in the success of the Standard Life/Aberdeen merger."


Craig Swindell CA

Craig Swindell CA

Corporate Tax Specialist

Deloitte

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Craig is a talented corporate tax specialist who helps his clients navigate the increasingly complex tax landscape in the UK and across many international jurisdictions in full compliance with those tax rules."

Why they stand out:

"Craig invests a huge amount of time to understand new rules and issues fully, as well as gain a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses. His approach to helping clients with their tax obligations and tax governance and transparency is important to them as corporate citizens and helps to rebuild trust in the profession."


Robert Clark Taylor CA

Robert Taylor CA

Senior Audit Manager

Dickson Middleton

Stirling

From his nomination:

"Returning to his training firm in 2017, Robert is now on track to be one of the youngest Partners in Dickson Middleton’s 80-year history. He believes in widening access to the professions and his quick career progression to date emphasises his determination. Robert’s strong work ethic means he regularly “goes the extra mile” for his clients."

Why they stand out:

"Robert is also on the board of a local charity which supports vulnerable adults."


Lewis Thomas CA

Lewis Thomas CA

Manager

Deloitte

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Lewis is a passionate and professional CA who embodies the ICAS values in everything he does.

"He manages a large audit team and leads and supports others; navigating complex situations to find solutions. Lewis is a skilled facilitator and takes every opportunity to strengthen the skills of his colleagues at the firm."

Why they stand out:

"Lewis’ work is of an exceptionally high standard, and along with balancing work and fatherhood, was one of the first CAs at the firm to reach manager grade through the school leaver scheme."


Michael Thomas CA

Michael Thomas CA

Director, Group Development

JTC PLC

Jersey

From his nomination:

"Michael was a key member of the team that worked on the IPO listing of the financial services business JTC. He worked with the CFO to deal with all the financial analysis, corporate advisers, bankers and brokers. Moving onto his M&A role, Michael continued to work closely with the CEO and CFO to complete three acquisitions in the year post listing."

Why they stand out:

"During his four years with JTC, Michael has been promoted from Manager to Director due to his integral role in negotiating mergers and acquisitions."


Brian Toward CA

Brian Toward CA

Finance and IT Director

Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company

Glasgow

From his nomination:

"Brian is an award-winning CA whose forward thinking has directly grown Wholesale Domestic’s turnover from £4m to a forecasted £13.5m this year. He has used the knowledge gained from his CA qualification to grow the company’s workforce from 37 employees to 80, and, having successfully developed an e-commerce arm of the business, now leads the business day-to-day."

Why they stand out:

"To take one example of his commitment: with the business closed during a spell of bad weather, Brian spent the day using his car to transfer medical staff and patients to and from local hospitals."


Darryl Michael Urquhart CA

Darryl Urquhart CA

Audit Senior Manager

Johnston Carmichael

Inverness

From his nomination:

"Darryl is a member of Johnston Carmichael’s specialist charity technical team. He was instrumental in making the firm Scotland’s lead in the Third Sector. As an advisor, he prepares and presents technical material for charity forums, maintains and enhances quality control of accounts and audits, and has a voice in developing the firm’s third sector strategy."

Why they stand out:

"Darryl’s reliability, team spirit and positive attitude make him popular with both colleagues and clients."


Tom Warwick CA

Tom Warwick CA

Senior Business Manager (Major Events)

The Football Association

London

From his nomination:

"Tom is responsible for the project management of two of the largest sporting events to take place in the UK over the next two years – the Men’s UEFA Euro 2020 and Women’s UEFA Euro 2021 Football Championships."

Why they stand out:

"Tom was an integral member of the team responsible for winning the right for England to host the Women’s Euro 2021 in December 2019.  The Tournament is expected to provide the perfect catalyst for the growth of Women’s football across Europe."


Colleen Helen Welsh CA

Colleen Welsh CA

Business Solutions Senior

Johnston Carmichael

Edinburgh

From her nomination:

"Colleen has a strong commitment to and active engagement in supporting fellow CAs who are struggling to achieve a positive wellbeing balance. She provides one-to-one support to CA students struggling with the demands of work and study and has a high level of organisational engagement to effect change. She is passionate about supporting others and gives her own time generously to do so."

Why they stand out:

"Colleen is involved with the Scottish Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association and will be an ambassador for the charity going forward."


Richard James Whyte CA

Richard Whyte CA

Tax Manager

PwC

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Everyone who knows Richard agrees that he is a pleasure to work with, marrying strong team and leadership skills. He has demonstrated commitment to excellent client service and a real desire to understand and help address the problems his clients face in today’s rapidly changing business and technological landscape. He is a great example of what a trusted business adviser should be."

Why they stand out:

"Richard is always willing to take time to help others. He is an enthusiastic team player and a strong leader."


David Wilding CA

David Wilding CA

IT Risk Director

AstraZeneca

Macclesfield

From his nomination:

"An emerging leader in a large multinational, David is at the forefront of developing new ideas and challenging the status quo. His skills as a CA have proved valuable to the company and its stakeholders. He has been involved in several projects that have added value to the company, including a review and uplift of the Internal Audit Methodology, IT Risk Management process, and stewardship of cyber reporting capabilities."

Why they stand out:

"David has a friendly and approachable manner and a commitment to self-improvement."


Joshua Noel Williams CA

Joshua Williams CA

Senior Manager

Johnston Carmichael LLP

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"A young CA with high levels of integrity, exemplary behaviours and ethical standards, Joshua is skilled at dealing with difficult client situations and is able to put himself in the client’s shoes, understanding the situation at hand and delivering considered advice. He develops trusted relationships and offers first-class levels of support and care to his fellow team members."

Why they stand out:

"Joshua’s nurturing approach adds to the level of trust within his team and sets the standard for behaviours."


Catriona Wilmot CA

Catriona Wilmot CA

Finance Director

Burberry

Hong Kong

From her nomination:

"Catriona’s career in retail finance has taken her from Edinburgh to London to Dubai and now to Hong Kong, where she has been promoted through the ranks with FTSE 100 business Burberry. Working internationally, she has succeeded in overcoming gender bias challenges, whilst heading up commercial finance for the Middle East & India. She is now FD of Burberry’s South APAC Region in Hong Kong."

Why they stand out:

"Catriona’s impressive career trajectory and strong leadership skills do her credit. She is just a few steps away from becoming a FTSE 100 CFO."


Piotr Wisthal CA

Piotr Wisthal CA

Senior Specialist

Hutcheon Mearns

Aberdeen

From his nomination:

"Piotr is a unique talent among young CAs. He has undertaken several assignments in the past year where the client is working against a very tight schedule to deliver their financial statements. Piotr is always calm, composed and productive. He works with the client to establish what needs to be done and works as a member of their team."

Why they stand out:

"Feedback from clients report what a personable man Piotr is and how his assistance has been invaluable to them."


Colin Young CA

Colin Young CA

Commercial Finance Manager – Grain Distilling, White Spirits & Bio Energy

Diageo PLC

Edinburgh

From his nomination:

"Colin is a past attendee of One Young World and ICAS’s first ambassador at the event.

He created and led the first ever challenge for Diageo’s International Supply Centre to encourage positive wellbeing, bring employees together from different areas of the business and to promote Diageo’s iconic distilleries.

Incorporating 50 employees from 18 different sites, the participants visited three distilleries and climbed three “Munros” in 36 hours, raising over £75,000 for 30 different charities.

The event also created a special limited-edition whisky, blended from each of the distilleries which were visited on the challenge."

Why they stand out:

"Colin’s leadership, communication skills and inquisitive mind make him an excellent team player."


Elizabeth Louise Young CA

Elizabeth Young CA

Director, Internal Audit

Scott-Moncrieff

Glasgow

From her nomination:

"Elizabeth leads Scott-Moncrieff’s highly successful and growing internal audit department. She supports her team in ensuring they deliver high-quality work and excellent client service, coaching and mentoring staff and innovating to continuously improve services. Elizabeth also serves on the IIA’s Scottish Committee and the ICAS Audit and Assurance Panel."

Why they stand out:

"Elizabeth is passionate about helping young people from disadvantaged communities access the profession.  She has acted as a mentor for the ICAS Foundation since its inception and supports a university widening access programme."


All information correct at time of nomination.


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