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Interviews and profiles

Meet leaders and innovators from the profession and beyond.

A view from here: Doug Field

23 March 2020: Doug Field, Joint Chief Executive of East of England Co-op, talks to writer Penelope Rance about how he got to where he is, and what advice he’d give new accountants.

How to tackle stress at work

23 March 2020: increasing pressures on audit, dealing with Brexit… stress levels among accountants are growing. CABA and Mind sat down to discuss how to deal with a problem on the rise.

Data disruptor: look beyond the numbers at the probabilities

3 March 2020: vast information streams engulf just about every business sector but, armed with algorithmic tools, professional statistician Nigel Marriott is akin to a modern-day fortune teller. He tells Penny Sukhraj what statistics can bring to business.

Business growth support simplified

2 March 2020: Rachel Underhill, Business Strategy Manager at ICAEW, explores the new offering from the government to help businesses grow.

Chartered Stars keep on rising

5 March 2020: Jackie Crane (JC), Assistant Manager at PKF Francisclark, is a Chartered Star – one of the winners of ICAEW’s Chartered Star competition, whereby applicants compete to attend One Young World with ICAEW in a group of delegates from Chartered Accountants Worldwide. She speaks to Insights about her career, life and values.

Stretch targets: Gymshark’s CFO on growth, mindset and strategy

12 February 2020: after a career in general practice, Philip Daw joined Gymshark, one of the UK’s most exciting brands, as CFO. He tells ICAEW Insights about the transition from practice to industry, dealing with the generation gap, and what his experience brings to the company.

Gender imbalance: bridging the boardroom gap

5 February 2020: while last year saw a record number of women on FTSE 350 boards, closing the gender pay gap is not a straightforward task. What can businesses do to address gender imbalances and why does it make good business sense to do so?

ICAEW CEO Michael Izza reflects on Davos

31 January 2020: following his visit to the World Economic Forum, ICAEW’s Chief Executive shares the moments that captured his attention and considers the key takeaways for accountancy in this special-edition podcast.

Brexit resilience testing: LEPs need your skills

31 January 2020: Brexit resilience testing, risk analysis and audit – sound familiar? These skills, second nature to accountants, are at the heart of Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs’) endeavours to support business. Jo Murray speaks to Mark Bretton, Chair of the LEP Network and Hertfordshire LEP.

Many paths to the profession: Matthew’s school-leaver story

30 January 2020: Matthew Braybrook has worked in audit for EY since joining on the firm’s school-leaver programme. He tells us about his route into accountancy, gaining on-the-job experience and why there is no right or wrong path into the profession.

What can businesses learn from top sports teams?

29 January 2020: we talk to Sue Day, Chief Financial Officer at the Rugby Football Union and former England women’s rugby team captain, about what businesses can learn from sports teams, as well as her sporting and professional achievements.

Getting behind green finance: building societies step up

14 January 2020: Paul Ellis is heartened that support for a green agenda in finance has improved; but this CEO of Ecology Building Society, and Finance for the Future Award winner, warns that there can be no sitting back.

Simren’s journey: school leaver to senior associate

9 January 2020: Simren Gill, 22, is a senior associate at PwC in Birmingham who joined the firm on its school-leaver scheme. She tells us what it was like taking a new route into the profession as a Higher Apprentice. Gill also vlogged about her experiences of taking the ACA as one of ICAEW’s Vlog Stars.