What do you currently do?
I am a Partner at Ashdown Hurrey - www.ashdownhurrey.co.uk, who are Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.
How long have you performed the role?
How did you obtain the role?
I was working at another accountancy practice, which was acquired by Ashdown Hurrey.
What educational qualifications do people need to perform your role?
Good A Levels at Maths and English, plus a Chartered Accountant Qualification.
What practical experience do people need to help them to obtain your role?
It is a job where you need to learn on the job.
Are there any particular personal skills which people need to have to perform your role?
Ability to communicate with business people and be organised.
What do you enjoy about your work?
Meeting a broad class section of society and seeing people succeed and reap the rewards.
What can be challenging about your work?
Dealing with HMRC, Government deadlines and continuously changing legislation.
Passing exams was good and no more studying!
Words of advice
I am probably too old to give relevant advice these days, but I always knew that I wanted to maximise my potential and be the best I possibly could. I think it is important that people are prepared to listen to advice. It may be that they dismiss it later, but a lot of life skills can be learnt by listening to people and asking meaningful questions.