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Women in Tax – An Inspiration to Men and Women Worldwide

Posted by Alison Humphries

As a recruiter specialising in Tax recruitment, it is important that I observe the market trends and monitor the supply of skilled tax professionals in order to educate my clients when supporting their recruitment needs.

When discussing the specific details about my client’s teams and asking why quality candidates should consider working for them, I am specifically intrigued to learn about the career development opportunities and previous ‘success stories’ within the firm,  in order to inspire the candidates that I am working with and ensure my client is potentially the right future employer for my candidates.

In this month’s Orange Top, I am discussing female professionals within the tax industry as Women in Tax highlights that “top women leaders are making strides in a field traditionally viewed as male-dominated”.  

A few examples of women who have progressed their careers in the tax industry include:

Heather Miller, is Senior Tax Manager at TWP Accounting, prior to joining, she was the Head of Private Client Tax at Price Bailey, having gained extensive experience working at a start-up private client tax boutique, running her own consultancy and most recently with Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance.

Joanna Santinon joined EY 19 years ago and is a Tax Partner who leads a successful part of the UK tax practice in London. In addition, Joanne founded the EY FTSE Women's Network and won the Accountancy Category for the 2013 Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award.

Jean Stephens runs RSM International and has been working there for 21 years, which includes 11 years working as Chief Executive. HERE is an inspirational article Jean has written to highlight the secrets of her success:

What can we learn from these success stories?

It is important for women embarking on a tax career to know that they can reach the top of their profession and employers should encourage this, Deloitte states that “Employers need to understand that gender equality creates the potential for better, more informed decision-making in our societies, an educated and diverse source of talent”.

Gender equality means that women are also able to inspire both men and other women, the next generation and act as role models within the tax industry.

For more information about this article, or to speak to Alison about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696312 or 



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