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Our 2021 Chartered Stars

The winners of our 2021 Chartered Star competition are James Skilton and Mariee Payne. Here's a bit about them and a look at their winning entries.

James Skilton

James Skilton

James Skilton is an Audit and Accounts Trainee in his first year at Wilson Wright, an independent accounting, tax and business advisory firm based in the City of London. 

Having taken a more unconventional route into accountancy, James graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with a degree in Biochemistry. Following his graduation, James spent the next five months travelling across South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It was during this time, he says that ‘his eyes were really opened’ to the measure of issues faced globally surrounding sustainability, education and economic injustice.

Upon his return, James spent 18 months working at an international environmental consultancy before joining Wilson Wright in September 2019, where he has secured first-time passes in all exams to date. 

James said: “I am delighted to have been selected as the ICAEW ambassador for the One Young World Summit in Munich. Sitting in the eye of a global pandemic highlights the necessity, now more than ever, for young professionals to collaborate, reflect and develop proactive strategies for future crises. In the meantime, I look forward to the role that chartered accountants will have to play in the return of economic prosperity and I can’t wait to share my experiences on this global platform.”

Adam Cramer, CEO & Partner at Wilson Wright added “Young professionals such as James are shaking up the public perception of what it means to be a Chartered Accountant – breaking down outdated and unhelpful stereotypes, while giving reason for optimism about the future of the profession and the planet. As people around the world work to rebuild their economies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it is incredibly reassuring that Chartered Accountants of the future will have the likes of James in their midst.”

“We are excited to be celebrating James’ achievement with him.”


Mariee Payne

Mariee Payne

Mariee is an audit senior at Mazars in Poole having joined as a school leaver three years ago. She works within the entrepreneurial business unit meaning that she gets to work with a variety of clients across a range of sectors which she loves as it means that each month is different.

Mariee particularly enjoys doing charity audits as she loves getting to see the difference each charity is making.

Mariee is a member of the office's social committee and as such she gets involved with planning events for the office such as the Christmas and summer party.

She has also been a member of the office's diversity and wellbeing committee since it founded about two years ago. Their latest focus has been around mental health and as part of this Mariee organised a 'Time to Talk' day in the office to get people discussing mental health in an open environment. With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem at some point in their lives she thinks that this being more normalised in a work environment is so important!

Outside of work Mariee loves being out on the water and enjoy a range of watersports including surfing and stand up paddle boarding. She's always keen to give anything a try and before lockdown hit she had recently started both panantukan and ariel circus.


One Young World: How do ACA students want to change the world?

We asked shortlisted entrants to our One Young World competition to tell us how accountants can help address some of our most important economic, environmental and social issues. Watch the video here.