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Charlotte takes the prize

Celebrating student success is a key part of the ICAEW Scotland annual activities, and this year was no exception…


First awarded in 2013, the ICAEW Scotland Trainee Chartered Accountant of the year Award is one of the ways that we celebrate the achievements of the next generation of accountants.

This year’s winner 2020, Charlotte Harris, was announced by ICAEW President, David Matthews, at this virtual meeting with members and students in Scotland in December.

On receiving the news of her award, Charlotte said,

‘I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have received this award, and am so immensely grateful to everyone who supported me on my journey to becoming a chartered accountant.”

Meet this year’s winner

Charlotte was born and raised in London, and studied Business Accounting and Finance at Newcastle University. This Flying Start programme is a collaboration between PwC, ICAEW, and Newcastle University, and enables students to obtain all but three of their exam qualifications and half their time requirement whilst at university.

Charlotte decided that “as I was already so far up North, I might as well keep going”, and undertook her work placements at PwC’s Edinburgh office. She went on to say ‘I absolutely fell in love with Edinburgh, due to the lovely people, beautiful architecture, and the well-stocked library that acted as my support network so far from home’.

Charlotte is currently a Senior Associate in Audit with PwC, now back in their London office, but has accepted an exciting opportunity as a Management Accountant for a Private Equity firm, and is eager to see where being an ICAEW chartered accountant will take her.

Outside of work, Charlotte is a keen Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering player. Her other passions include baking, reading and (pre-pandemic) complaining about the price of train tickets to her Edinburgh friends during her frequent trips back up to Edinburgh.

About the award…

The ICAEW Scotland Trainee Chartered Account of the year award has been presented to the trainee with the highest marks in their final exam every year since 2013. The trophy was designed and handmade by Joanne Taylor of Callua Glass.