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January 2020 interviews and profiles

Meet leaders and innovators from the profession and beyond.

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.