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12 socially responsible CAs under 35

By Eleanor O’Neill

The end of the 2017 35 CAs under 35and One Young CA competition, held in association with Investec Click & Invest, is almost upon us. In anticipation, CA Today takes a closer look at our Sustainability & CSR shortlist.

This category is for CAs who have dedicated themselves and their careers to making a difference. Judges were looking for passionate individuals who understand the impact of their work and are using their CA skills to improve the world around them.

Our finalists volunteer their time to charitable causes, champion social issues and are making a positive difference on an international level.

Chris Blues CA

International Director, The Ākina Foundation

I believe the economy is evolving… Having a positive social impact is no longer a road block to a profitable and successful organisation.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2007: Officer Cadet at Royal Air Force.
  • 2009: Internal Auditor at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort.
  • 2010: Executive at EY.
  • 2014: Social Impact Manager at Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
  • 2014: Associate at On Purpose.
  • 2015: Business Development & Strategic Partnerships Manager at FutureLearn.
  • 2016: International Manager at The Ākina Foundation.
  • 2017: International Director at The Ākina Foundation.

Location: New Zealand

Meg Burns CA

Financial Strategy & Projects Lead, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

I’ve always had a desire to do something in my career that helps others and makes a positive impact and it’s with my CA that I’ve been able to.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PwC.
  • 2009: Senior associate at PwC.
  • 2012: Financial Accountant, PwC Secondment at Aberdeen City Council.
  • 2013: Group Financial Accountant, PwC Secondment at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • 2014: Senior Finance Adviser at Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • 2016: Financial Strategy & Projects Lead at Departement for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
  • Mentor for the Girls’ Network.

Location: England

Laura Hamp CA

Finance Director, Sparrowhawk Leisure Limited

I am an extremely driven person and I will always look to improve things around me. I hope that my positive energy and drive is inspiring others to make a difference.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with PKF.
  • 2007: Trainee Business Advisor at PKF.
  • 2011: Financial Accountant at Kingsley Healthcare Group.
  • 2013: Head of Finance at Ipswitch Building Society.
  • 2013: Finance Director at Sparrowhawk Leisure Limited.
  • Board Member of Suffolk Sport.

Location: England

Katherine Holdstock CA

Student Recruitment Advisor, EY

The CA qualification has been the springboard to my success… The qualification gave me the perfect business grounding it is the soft skills that have supported me most.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2012: Audit Associate at EY.
  • 2014: Audit Executive at EY.
  • 2016: Student Recruitment Advisor at EY.

Location: England

Natalie Jackson CA

Associate, QMPF LLP

I chose my career path to follow my interest in how finance can be used to benefit society and  deliver sustainable financial, social and environmental returns.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2010: Executive at EY.
  • 2014: Analyst at QMPF LLP.
  • 2017: Associate at QMPF LLP.
  • Co-Founder of Youth Employment Strategies.

Location: England

Sarah Johnson CA

Senior Manager, EY

I was drawn to becoming a CA due to the ability to work internationally and make a difference in communities all around the world.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2006: Assistant Manager at EY.
  • 2011: Director at EY.
  • 2014: Consultant at Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P).
  • 2016: Senior Manager at EY.
  • 2017: MPA-DP Candidate at University of Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Location: USA

Helen Marshall CA

Financial Controller, Falcon Coffees

I believe that all businesses have the power and the moral responsibility to bring about social change.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2008: Associate at EY.
  • 2009: Trustee and Treasurer at Peckham Shed.
  • 2012: Summer Internship Coordinator at EY.
  • 2013: Manager at EY.
  • 2014: Smart Futures PMO at EY.
  • 2014: Finance Advisor at African Entrepreneur Collective.
  • 2015: Finance Consultant at KZ Noir.
  • 2015: Senior Accountant at Acacia Accounting Associates.
  • 2015: Financial Controller at Falcon Coffees.

Location: England

Tom Parkinson CA

CFO, SteamaCo

Once I felt confident that I had learned the building blocks of my trade… I set about finding a role where I could make an impact.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2006: Audit Executive at EY.
  • 2010: Finance Professional at Santander.
  • 2011: Business Financial Controller at HSBC.
  • 2013: Valuation Controller at HSBC.
  • 2014: Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at Ainscough Crane Hire.
  • 2016: Chief Financial Officer at SteamaCo.

Location: England

Emma Snow CA

Assistant Director, Operational Transaction Services, EY

I hope that my story provides in some small way the encouragement to young people that a career in finance can be whatever you make of it.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2009: Graduate at EY.
  • 2014: International Secondment (Ghana) with EY.
  • 2017: International Secondment (Palestine) with EY.
  • 2017: Assistant Director, Operational Transaction Services at EY.
  • Trustee of Carers Network.
  • Mentor for EY Smart Futures.

Location: England

Rebecca Steele CA

Finance Manager, Expedia

I wanted to start sharing my expertise with other people… giving debt advice seemed like the perfect fit.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with EY.
  • 2009: Analyst at EY.
  • 2012: Executive at EY.
  • 2013: Business Partner at Shelter UK.
  • 2014: Senior Finance Analyst at Expedia.
  • 2016: Finance Manager at Expedia.
  • Volunteer Debt Advisor at Ciizens Advice.

Location: England

Rosie Stewart CA

Finance Manager, Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines

Often charity accounting is an area CAs enter at the end of their career to give back but I want to do this from the beginning.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Baker Tilly.
  • 2008: Audit Supervisor at Baker Tilly.
  • 2013: Head of finance at Penumbra.
  • 2014: Finance Manager at Blackcircles.com.
  • 2015: Finance Manager at Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed).
  • Chair of Borders Exploration Group.

Location: Scotland

Colleen Welsh CA

Accounts Senior, Consilium Chartered Accountants

I am very passionate about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding it… I reached out to the partners to make our office a more open, honest and approachable place.

Career summary

  • Qualified as a CA with Consilium Chartered Accountants.
  • 2011: Trainee at RSM Tenon.
  • 2014: Accounts Senior at Consilium Chartered Accountants.
  • Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Location: Scotland

The winner of the Sustainability & CSR category will be announced at the ICAS Young Leaders Summit in London on 14 September 2017.

This new conference event brings together today’s most inspiring business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to share their definition of success and educate the leaders of tomorrow. It is the perfect opportunity to connect with eminent business leaders across a range of industries and broaden your professional network.

Along with the chance to be named the 2017 ICAS One Young CA, the category winner will receive a free place at both the CA Dinner and the flagship ICAS Conference, a mentor as part of the ICAS career mentoring programme and various speaking opportunities at future ICAS events.

This was originally published by ICAS.