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Callum MacRae

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Callum MacRae

Senior Consultant - Finance

I am an experienced recruiter who has enjoyed multiple successes recruiting into specialised and generalist roles within the London market. I have helped candidates move at all levels from Trainee up to Partner and successfully completed a number of both retained and contingent assignments. My key areas of focus are audit, accounts and outsourcing however I have also worked on specialist transaction services, due diligence and pensions roles.  


Recent placements have been made in my dedicated client base which ranges from the Big 4, through the Top 100 and more specialised boutique firms. Whatever you are looking for in your next move I will have existing relationships to help realise your ambitions.


Coming from a strong sales background dealing with high wealth individuals, my career path has covered a broad range of clientele. I take real pride in fully understanding my candidates and clients’ motivations and matching people to their next exciting job role. 


Outside of work I have a passion for football. Living in Essex I support my local team Manchester United (ahem!) and play for two slightly more local teams. When not on the football field or golf course you will find me with my five-year-old daughter Evelyn. 


If I was not a recruitment consultant I would play up front for Manchester United breaking all existing records. Failing that, anything that allows me to assist people realise their goals and maximise opportunities. I enjoy sharing in the success of others and seeing happy clients and candidates makes me a happy consultant!

callum's latest roles

  • Not for Profit Audit Manager

    Up to £70000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Not for Profit Audit Manager £70,000 London Do you want a structured career path to Partnership? Do you want to work in a top 50 listed practice in Central London? Do you have experience within the Not for P...

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  • Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits

    Job Title Audit Senior Location Central London Salary Up to £50,000 plus extensive benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior? Are you looking to challenge yourself in a professional environment del...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + Exceptional benefits package

    Job Title Audit and Accounts Semi Senior Location North London Salary £38,000 Exceptional Audit and Accounts Semi Senior opportunity based in North London. Top 100 firm with a great social atmosphere. Do you...

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  • Audit Semi Senior

    Up to £40000 per annum + Study Support

    Outstanding Top 50 practice based in central London experiencing an incredible growth period require Audit Semi Seniors to join their social and outgoing team. Excellent rate of remuneration, diverse and exc...

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  • Not for Profit Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Not for Profit Audit Manager £65,000 London Do you want a structured career path to Partnership? Do you want to work in a top 50 listed practice in Central London? Do you have experience within the Not for P...

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  • Audit Manager

    Up to £60000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits & Route To Partner

    Job Title Audit Manager Location London Salary £60,000 + Bonus, Benefits and a route to future Partnership! Do you want to manage an exciting client portfolio predominately in the Media and Entertainment spa...

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  • Audit Manager

    Up to £60000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits & Route To Partner

    Job Title Audit Manager Location London Salary £60,000 + Bonus, Benefits and a route to future Partnership! Do you want to manage an exciting client portfolio predominately in the Media and Entertainment spa...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £36000 per annum + Study Support

    Audit & Accounts Semi Senior London £36,000 An exciting top 100 firm with rapid growth plans has instructed Pro-Finance to source a candidate for their vacant Audit and Accounts Semi Senior position. The suc...

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  • Audit Senior - Media and Entertainment

    Up to £48000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Assistant Manager Location London Salary Up to £52,000 + Extensive benefits Exciting role working with diverse clients from the world of Media and Entertainment. You will be an auditor to the...

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  • Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum + Great benefits package

    Job Title Audit Senior Location Central London Salary £50,000 + Bonus + Benefits Are you ACA/ACCA qualified? Are you experienced leading small teams on audit from planning to completion? Would you like to wo...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £70000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Accounts and Audit Manager North London £70,000 Top 100 firm of chartered accountants seeking an ambitious self-starter who has the drive and determination to reach partner within the next 3-5 years. Portfol...

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  • Audit Senior with Corporate Finance e...

    Up to £47000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    London £47,000 + Bonus + Benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior who is looking for a job that is not the norm? Do you want exposure to special projects including valuations, modelling, due dilig...

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  • Corporate Finance and Audit Manager

    Up to £70000 per annum + Corporate Finance Exposure!

    Job Title Corporate Finance and Audit Manager Location North London Salary Up to £70,000 with a clear route to Partnership Are you an Audit Manager seeking exposure to Corporate Finance? Are you thinking abo...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + Study Support and Training

    My clients are an ambitious independent practice who are looking to employ a semi-senior accountant at the start of their career. Offering study support with both financial benefits and time off for study th...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Financial Serv...

    Up to £75000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Role: Senior Audit Manager - Impressive Top 10 Firm Location: London Salary: £75,000 + fantastic benefits A great opportunity to work in one of the biggest and most reputable accountancy practices in the UK....

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £42000 per annum + Exceptional benefits package

    Job Title Audit and Accounts Semi Senior Location North London Salary £42,000 Exceptional Audit and Accounts Semi Senior opportunity based in North London. Top 100 firm with a great social atmosphere. Do you...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Great Benefits

    Audit and Accounts Senior Are you ACA/ACCA qualified? Do you want to work in a social and outgoing team? Would you like to work with an interesting and diverse client base? Do you want to have control of you...

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  • Audit Semi Senior

    £26000 - £38000 per annum + (DOE)

    Audit Semi Senior London £26,000-£38,000 DOE Are you an Audit Semi-Senior who is frustrated with the strict exam policy and lack of time to study? Are you not being supported at all at a firm that cannot pro...

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  • Audit Director - Partner Track

    £85000 - £95000 per annum + Generous benefits package

    Audit Director - Partner Track London location paying 985,000+ with a generous bonus scheme and a clearly defined route to Partnership. My clients are a top 50 ranked accountancy practice based in Central Lo...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Financial Serv...

    Up to £75000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Role: Senior Audit Manager - Impressive Top 10 Firm Location: London Salary: £75,000 + fantastic benefits A great opportunity to work in one of the biggest and most reputable accountancy practices in the UK....

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  • Top 10 Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum

    Break into the Top 10 Accountancy Practices! Progressive opportunity in a well-respected accountancy practice. Central London location and market leading salary! Top 10 Audit Senior Central London £50k Are y...

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  • Not for Profit Audit Manager

    Up to £70000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Not for Profit Audit Manager £70,000 London Do you want a structured career path to Partnership? Do you want to work in a top 50 listed practice in Central London? Do you have experience within the Not for P...

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  • Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits

    Job Title Audit Senior Location Central London Salary Up to £50,000 plus extensive benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior? Are you looking to challenge yourself in a professional environment del...

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  • Audit Semi Senior

    Up to £40000 per annum + Study Support

    Outstanding Top 50 practice based in central London experiencing an incredible growth period require Audit Semi Seniors to join their social and outgoing team. Excellent rate of remuneration, diverse and exc...

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  • Outsourcing Senior

    Up to £47000 per annum + Extensive Benefits!

    Job Title Outsourcing Senior Location London - Top 10 Salary Up to £47,000 Fantastic opportunity based in central London for a qualified accountant who is looking for the next step in their career! Are you A...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + Study Support

    Having personally placed 3 people into this team in the last 6 months I can vouch for the outgoing and social nature of the department. There is a collaborative environment with Partners, Managers and qualif...

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  • Partner Designate

    Route to Partner

    Job Title Partner Designate Location North London Salary Negotiable - Dependent on Experience Are you a Manager/ Senior Manager with designs on future Partnership? Do you want to work in a closely-knit Partn...

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  • Partner Designate

    Up to £65000 per annum + Defined Route to Partnership

    My clients are a prestigious firm of chartered accountants based in North London who are looking for an enthusiastic, self starter who wants a fast track to Partnership. You do not need RI status, you do not...

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  • Audit Manager - Private Equities Team

    Up to £50000 per annum + Market Leading Benefits Package

    Job Title Audit and Accounts Manager - Private Equities Team Location West London Salary Up to £50,000 with a great benefits scheme! Are you ACA/ACCA qualified? Would you like to work in a progressive enviro...

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  • Audit Manager - London Clients Only

    Bonus + Benefits

    Are you an Audit Manager? Are you frustrated with the travel time? My client is based very close-by to Bank station and are currently looking for competent Audit Managers such as yourself. In order to be sui...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Audit and Accounts Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum

    Job Title Audit and Accounts Manager Location North London Salary Up to £65,000 Are you an Audit and Accounts Manager looking for a fresh challenge? Do you have the ability to drive relationships forward in ...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior - 30% Audit

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Audit and Accounts Senior Central London £50k + Bonus + Benefits I have been instructed to source an Audit and Accounts Senior in Central London for an exciting and ambitious top 50 practice. With a strong r...

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    Up to £75000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Senior Audit Manager London £75,000 upwards plus bonus and flexi benefits package Are you an Audit Manager looking for the next step in your relationship? Do you want to work in a large listed practice with ...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

    Read more...
  • Audit and Accounts Senior

    Up to £47500 per annum + Exceptional benefits package

    Exceptional Audit and Accounts Senior opportunity based in North London. Top 100 firm with a great social atmosphere. Do you want to work in a collaborative and social environment? Do you want to work alongs...

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Senior Audit Manager London £75,000 upwards plus bonus and flexi benefits package Are you an Audit Manager looking for the next step in your career? Do you want to work in a large listed practice with the su...

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  • Big 4 Outsourcing Senior

    Up to £45000 per annum + Great Progression

    Big 4 Outsourcing Senior £45,000 + London Do you want to work for one of the Big 4 accountancy practices? Are you currently working in a UK Practice performing an outsourcing function? Are you ACA/ACCA quali...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

    Read more...
  • Audit Senior - Media and Entertainment

    Up to £48000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Senior Location London Salary Up to £48,000 + Extensive benefits Exciting role working with diverse clients from the world of Media and Entertainment. You will be an auditor to the stars! Are...

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    Up to £75000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Job Title Audit Senior Manager Location London Salary Up to £75,000 + Route to Partner Fantastic opportunity in a growing London based practice for a Senior Audit Manager. Highly progressive role with route ...

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What people say about Callum

Callum made finding a new role effortless and quick; a very personal service which was tailored to me and around my working hours. I received invaluable advice on interview techniques, salary negotiation as well as lots of CV tips.


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Companies Callum has worked with

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HW Fisher is a top 25 accountancy practice with two offices based in London and Watford. With over 30 Partners and 300 staff. 

Jeffreys Henry is an award winning, top 100 firm with offices based in Old Street. Working with some of the UK’s most prolific entrepreneurs, Michelin-starred restaurants, AIM listing clients and large organisations from within the creative sectors.

Arnold Hill are a 5-Partner firm based near Embankment who have been established in excess of 100 years. They are a general practice firm offering a full spectrum of audit accounts and tax services to a wide range of client sectors.

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callum's articles

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September 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

Posted by Callum MacRae

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in September 2019: Jo Upshall has been promoted to Audit and Business Advisory Partner at Mercer & Hole. Jo is based at this mid-tier firms Rickmansworth and St Albans offices, where she has experience of managing a varied portfolio of business clients. Jo has gained much experience in the manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as in advising UK subsidiaries of overseas companies. Mercerhole.co.uk EY has appointed Markus Salolainen as a Partner in its UK technology, media and telecoms M&A practice. Salolainen joins the team from AGC Partners where he held the position of Head of Europe and will focus on the communications, mobility and cyber sectors. Financemoves.co.uk BTG Advisory has announced the appointment of four new Partners to its London Canary Wharf office. The new Partners include two external appointments, with Anthony Brennan joining from CameronBarney LLP and Paul Davies from Menzies. Financemoves.co.uk Top 20 firm Crowe has promoted Tara Westcott to Partner in its Non-Profits team. Previously a Director at the firm, she was promoted to Partner with effect from 1 September 2019 and will continue to provide external and internal audit, financial reporting and accounting and regulatory compliance services to a wide range of clients. Accountancydaily.co ​ For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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August 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in August 2019: EY’s former head of audit and risk Anne Whitaker has been appointed to chair the FRC’s audit quality review committee replacing David Cannon who was also a former EY Partner. Accountancydaily.co Martin Athey has joined BHP Corporate Finance in Leeds as a Partner. Martin joins from RSM where he was a director in the Due Diligence team. Accountancydaily.co KPMG has announced the appointment of Mark Thompson, Serious Fraud Office chief operating officer, to its forensic practice. Thompson had previously worked for KPMG prior to joining the SFO in 2004 Financemoves.co.uk Duff & Phelps has announced that Paul Martin has joined the firm as a managing director and leads the firm’s UK transaction advisory services practice, based in the firm’s London office. Paul joins from Grant Thornton where he was a partner in the firm’s transaction advisory services practice. Financemoves.co.uk For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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10 Interview Questions to Ask That Reveal a Company's Work-Life Balance

Posted by Callum MacRae

British workers spend an average of 3,515 full days at work over their lifetime, and creating a good balance between time allocated for work and leisure is important to employee wellbeing and happiness. The interview stage presents the perfect opportunity to find out about a company’s policies on work-life balance. Making the decision to move jobs is an important one which shapes your career path. But how do you get the information you require about a company’s flexibility, culture, work environment and work-life balance? In the short time provided in an interview setting, here are the 10 best things you can ask your interviewer to get the information you need about a company’s work-life balance, and to ensure you are happy in your next role! 1. What would the typical day of somebody in my role look like? Often, people are advised to ask their interviewer ‘what does your typical work day look like?’ However, you aren’t applying for their job! If you are meeting a Senior Manager or Director, for example, the chances are you will be joining at a lower level than them, which will inevitably mean a completely different workload. It is much more worthwhile asking about what a workday looks like for someone in the role you are actually applying for. Asking an interviewer to walk you through your own typical working day will provide an insight into how much responsibility you will have and the extent to which your everyday life will need to adjust. 2. How do you measure goals, timelines and success? Leaders who base their employees' success on their quality of work and give promotions and rewards based on performance, as opposed to time served and hours worked, are goal-oriented which is what you want from a leader! By asking this question, hopefully, your interviewer will be able to give you specific examples of somebody who has previously excelled in the role and how they have achieved their career goals. It is also important to remember that once you have asked this question, it is most likely that your interviewer will turn the question back to you and will want to know how you have previously achieved your goals and how you have measured your success. When answering questions like this in an interview situation, remember to use the STAR method - the specific Situation you were in, a Task you were faced with, the behavioural Actions ‘you’ (not ‘we’) took, and the Results you achieved. 3. How do you set employees up for success? Asking a question like this can reveal potential micromanaging. If your interviewer's answer suggests that you are expected to follow preset practices with little room for applying your own approach, this hints at a workplace that doesn’t allow you to work in the way that’s most productive for you. On the other hand, this question can also reveal a well-balanced and open-minded work environment if it is clear that you will be given the tools, as well as the encouragement and support to succeed in the best way for you. 4. How have you found your own professional career development? If your interviewer has been at the company for a while, perhaps even starting at the level you are applying for, they may be able to demonstrate how they have progressed through the ranks and succeeded. This can reveal how the company can support your professional development in terms of resources and training, steps and initiatives you are able to take to progress your own career, and can also show that people have chosen to stay and progress which demonstrates employee satisfaction and retention. 5. What is your company’s mission statement? A company’s mission statement can reveal how the organisation values its employees. Often a company’s mission statement can be found online but this question is important in differentiating what it actually means. If the mission statement is focused solely on business goals as opposed to placing value on employees and relationships, it may be that the company is less likely to take care of their employees. 6. How do you incorporate employee feedback in the day-to-day operations of your company? How a company listens to its employees is incredibly important, and also shows how much they value people. Find out if they hold employee forums, if they have a suggestion box, or if they hold open meetings with Managers and Directors, and ask what they do with the feedback they receive! You want to know that your opinion will be valued, including any views you have on work-life balance and support - employers who listen to and implement feedback to improve the day-to-day lives of their employees are those who care about their team. 7. What benefits do you have that are focused on work-life balance? Many companies often shout about ‘flexible working arrangements’, but in reality, this can mean so many different things! Many companies are beginning to move away from simply flexible working, e.g. flexible lunch breaks or allowing employees to start or finish work an hour early or late, and moving towards a more agile working framework, which often includes individual laptops and the ability for employees to work remotely or from home. It is also important to ask about welfare benefits - does the company have provisions in place for mental health in the workplace, or physical fitness allowances or perks? Asking these questions can indicate where and to what degree a company is focused on its employees’ well-being. 8. What provisions do you have in place for returning to work parents? Following on from finding out the company’s policy on flexible and agile working arrangements, asking this question can provide a more accurate insight into the extent of agility the company really offers. The majority of UK workers consider flexibility and agility in their workplace as very important, and this is particularly true for new or returning to work parents. So many businesses unwittingly neglect this employee group, but more often than not there may be the perfect candidate who just needs a couple of days working from home for a short while. If a company has provisions in place that demonstrate they are supporting and tapping into the returning to work parent workforce, it is a clear indication that they value their employees. 9. Does your company have a CSR policy? Corporate social responsibility is a self-regulating business model that helps a company ensure they are socially accountable, and whether or not a company has a CSR policy can reveal how they place priorities outside of work responsibilities. Ask about whether they allow extra days annual leave for charity events or for volunteering, and find out if they have a corporate charity and what they do to support them - this can reveal a lot about a company! 10. What is your work environment and social culture like? Finding out how employees engage with one another and whether the team you will be joining spends time together socially, particularly if there are company-arranged activities, will show you what kind of work environment you will be joining. Some organisations arrange lunchtime clubs and activities, offer team nights out and prizes as perks, and even take their employees away on trips, all of which show that an employer recognises the value of a good work-life balance for their employees. Understanding a company’s policies and views on work-life balance is incredibly important when it comes to choosing a new role, and whether a company is right for you. Research has shown that almost one-third of UK employees feel that they don’t have a good work-life balance. But, by asking any of these key questions at the interview stage, not only are you demonstrating that you are taking the opportunity seriously, but you also get the chance to discover what the flexibility, culture, work environment and work-life balance is like before you consider accepting an offer! For more information on this article or for more interview tips, contact Callum Macrae on 020 7269 6369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk.

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July 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

Posted by Callum MacRae

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in July 2019: Darren Reeds has joined CVR Global as a Partner for the Insolvency and Restructuring firm. Darren joins from Deloitte where he spent over five years as Head of Financial Advisory Services for the Big Four firm’s insolvency and restructuring division in the British Virgin Islands. He specialises in fund recovery, and cross-border litigation and enforcement procedures and will be based at the London office. accountancydaily.co Nick Andrews has joined BDO as a Forensics Partner. Nick will be based in their London office after joining from Grant Thornton, where he was Partner in the forensic and investigation services department Economia.icaew.com Simon Dingemans has been appointed Chair of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and will lead its transition into a newly established regulator called the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA). Simon is the recently retired CFO of the FTSE 100 pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline. accountancydaily.co Specialist corporate finance firm Verde Corporate Finance has hired Mike Fenwick FCA as Associate Director to boost the senior management team. He has over 30 years’ experience and spent 28 years in practice including 21 years at PWC before being appointed finance director at Wild Water Group. accountancydaily.co MHA MacIntyre Hudson has appointed Robert Blech as a Director to join their professional practices sector team. He has 17 years’ experience in accountancy, 14 of those as a Director at Accura Accountants. He will specialise in accounting for the legal sector including SAR audits. accountancydaily.co For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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60 Seconds With: Martyn Atkinson, Partner, Head of Audit and Accounts at Sopher + Co

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Martyn Atkinson has been with Sopher + Co for over 20 years and is now Partner and Head of Audit and Accounts. At Sopher + Co, Martyn manages a significant portfolio of corporate clients and owner-managed businesses. His client base crosses many industry groups but his main focus is in financial services (including hedge funds), media and entertainment and professional services firms. You have an impressive career with all of your time being at Sopher + Co., what do you think the benefits of staying with one firm throughout your career history are? The ability to grow strong client relationships. At Sopher + Co one of our core values is putting the client first and during my time here I have been able to create long-lasting relationships with clients understanding their needs and tailoring our services as their businesses and circumstances change. I have also enjoyed watching my team grow and being able to act as a mentor gives me immense job satisfaction as I watch them progress through their career. On day one you never know what lies ahead of you. When did you realise that Sopher + Co. was the firm you wished to be a Partner at and why? Established in 1975 as a family business, the firm have kept the same values at its core. This allows for decisions to be made at a rapid pace as there is an open-door policy with all Partners. This also means for those individuals who are willing to work hard there is more responsibility and progression routes available. What is great about working for Sopher + Co.? Over the years I have watched the firm grow its strong reputation and with this comes the opportunity to work with a diverse portfolio of clients spanning over 20 industries. This includes some of the most influential entrepreneurial individuals and businesses in the UK. As a top 50 Accountancy firm (Private Client) we have a key focus on growth and professional development of our colleagues with study packages available and a great working environment. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone who would apply to be part of the team? Within our Audit and Accounts team, there are 76 fee earners spanning all career levels. As an interviewer, I look for a range of qualities within candidates – enthusiasm, attention to detail, confidence within their own abilities and good interpersonal skills. Candidates who are ambitious, hard-working and are good at what they do can progress and reach their potential at our firm. How would your team describe you? You will have to ask them… but I would hope: methodical, collected, approachable and knowledgeable. What advice would you give to your younger self? Be your own self-advocate in order to drive your own success. Make the most of every opportunity you are given, even if you don’t recognise it as an opportunity at the time. Don’t be afraid to take risks and ask questions– as we all have to learn! When you interview someone for your team or organisation what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? Generally, before the interview, I engage in some small talk and this together with body language and the handshake gives a good idea of somebody’s personality and a real idea of where and how they would fit into the team. What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation face? I think the next generation will have to embrace change at a more rapid pace, particularly as further technological advancements are made. Whilst there is a lot of uncertainty within the finance sector currently, I believe automation and AI will play a much bigger part in the role of accountants in the future. What do you do to unwind outside of work? I play hockey at the weekends as well as going to the gym to try and keep fit. Thanks for your time Martyn, and as a little treat for all of our readers…do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? I am a fan of Eurovision! ​ For more information on this article, contact Callum on 020 7269 6369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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June 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in June 2019: Romy Comiter has been appointed Managing Director, global assurance services at FTI consulting. Romy was previously a financial services Partner at Mazars where she spent eight years leading the insurance consultancy team. Financemoves.co.uk PwC is promoting 69 new equity Partners, up from 54 last year. Together with 13 direct Partner hires recruited during the year, the firm’s total UK Partner number is now 944. This year 38% of the newly promoted Partners are women and the firm says the pipeline of women coming through into senior roles is also stronger, with 38% of newly promoted Directors female. In addition, 16% of the new Partners are black, Asian and minority ethnic and 27% are based outside London. Accountancydaily.co Jamie Lane has joined Saffery Champness as a Partner based out of their Bournemouth office. Jamie joins from Smith and Williamson where he operated in an audit and transaction services role. Jamie trained through the firm rising to Partner prior to his departure. Financemoves.co.uk Business advisory firm Quantuma has appointed Duncan Beat as a Partner to its Chelmsford and London offices. He is a licensed practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in corporate insolvency matters. He joins the firm from Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP, where he was Managing Partner. During his time in the industry, he also established an insolvency department for a major firm. Prior to this, Duncan has held roles at RSM, Cape and Dagleish, Elliott Woolfe & Rose and Stoy Hayward (BDO). Accountancydaily.co Cooper Parry has quit the PKF network in the UK after being part of the group for over five years. There was understood to be a geographical conflict over an office opening which competed with another PKF UK member firm. Accountancydaily.co For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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May 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in May 2019: FRP Advisory have strengthened its St Albans team with the appointment of Simon Carvill-Biggs as a Partner at the specialist advisory firm. Joining from his position as a Director at Menzies where he spent more than 6 years. Carvill-Biggs brings with him more than 20 years’ experience having also held positions at UHY Hacker Young, BDO and Moore Stephens. Economia.icaew.com Sam Mills has joined EYs Manchester office as a Director in their restructuring team. Mills has a background in financial services joining from PWC where his 9 years was spent as a Senior Manager in financial advisory and then as a Senior Manager in deals and advisory. Economia.icaew.com David Rule has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Director of Supervision at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). The role will entail overseeing supervision and monitoring of audit and company reporting and will report to FRC CEO Stephen Hadrill. “[Rule] joins the FRC at a time of strategic importance and will play a significant role in driving further improvements in audit and reporting quality,” Haddrill said. Economia.icaew.com Peter Smithson has joined BDO as an Audit Partner in the technology and media team of their London office. Peter has over 17 years of sector experience having worked for Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton and most recently as a Partner in the West End office of Kingston Smith. Accountancydaily.co For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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April 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in April 2019: Julie Teigland has been appointed as EY's Area Managing Partner for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). This is the first female EMEIA leader for EY and Julie will command more than 115,000 people across 98 countries with revenue in excess of £10.6bn. Julie has been with EY for more than 17 years and will also join the EY global executive committee. Economia.icaew.com Baldwins accountancy group, a member of the CogitalGroup has made a further investment in Wales through the acquisition of MHA Broomfield Alexander. This South Wales firm has been established for over 100 years and currently employs more than 110 professional staff with an annual turnover of £7.5m Accountancydaily.co.uk Crowe has appointed Mark Allen as a Partner in its Corporate Finance Team based in the Thames Valley office. Mark joins from Deloitte where he led their Corporate Finance Team in Reading prior to moving to London as a senior member of the technology, media and telecoms team. Financemoves.co.uk The TC Group (previously Taylorcocks) has significantly expanded its presence in the south-east through a merger with Essex firm Jamesons. This Merger will provide TC Group with two more offices in Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea consolidating its position as one of the largest accountancy firms in the region. This brings the total offices of the TC Group to 13 offices nationwide. Accountancydaily.co.uk For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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