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Kate Green

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Kate Green

Head of Regional Finance

I specialise in recruiting audit, accounts and advisory professionals across the UK (excluding London) from Semi Senior to Partner level. 

My clients vary from small local regional accountancy practices to leading Top 10 firms.

I joined Pro-Finance through their AC program and over the past 2 years I have received outstanding training from highly experienced and knowledgeable consultants. Through presentations on specialist subjects, reading articles and writing blog posts, I ensure I am keeping up to date with the ever-changing market.

Outside of work you will find me at gigs, weird and wonderful immersive theatre productions, or flying off to an international music festival.
 

kate's latest roles

  • Audit Manager or Audit Assistant Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Manager - 50% Charity 50% Corporate Clients Top 20 Accountancy Firm London Audit Assistant Manager £49,000 - £56,000 pa/ Audit Manager £54,000 - £68,000 pa 25 Days Holiday + Holiday Buy & Sell + Compan...

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  • Audit Manager - Charities

    Negotiable

    Audit Manager London Up to £66,000 Are you an ACA or ACCA qualified Audit Manager looking to join a top 20 accountancy firm? Would you like to be part of a small, friendly team with a portfolio incorporating...

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  • Technical and Training Manager

    £60000 - £75000 per annum

    Technical and Training Manager London's West End 15 Partner Firm £60,000 - £75,000 pa Potential for 4 days a week 25 Days Holiday + Public Bank Holiday As a longstanding business partner with this forward-th...

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What people say about Kate

Kate was excellent in helping me achieve my next career move. She provided lots of advice before interviews and was readily available at any time during the week to answer any queries, which set her apart from many other recruiters...

When looking to relocate I approached Kate and her Pro-Finance team knowing they had a good reputation for dealing with experienced senior staff. I was not disappointed. Kate quickly became a trusted advisor...

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Companies Kate has worked with

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Hanburys is an established firm of Chartered Certified Accountants based in St Albans who prove a wide range of accountancy, audit and taxation services to private individuals, partnerships and companies.

Janette began her career with the Audit Commission where she developed an impressive skill set auditing a portfolio of Public Sector clients. When the Audit Commission was dissolved by parliament, Janette joined a big 4 firm for a short time before moving to a Top 100 firm who specialise within in Academies, as an Audit Manager.

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kate's articles

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60 seconds with: Matthew Flower, Partner Corporate Finance at FRP Advisory LLP

Posted by Kate Green

What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Control the controllable! Focus on what you have influence over but don’t be afraid to take on new challenges to stretch yourself. Above all, enjoy it. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or dead), who would you invite and why? Running the risk of offending my wife and daughters…. Brian Clough – a footballing genius who wasn’t short of an opinion and loved a drink! Eric Morecambe – timeless comedy great Barack Obama – seems like a great guy with a dry sense of humour My mate Simon – sadly passed away too early, so I could share another glass of wine or two with him What do FRP Advisory do well? As a pure advisory firm, we are focused on delivering for our clients as we are only as good as our last transaction. We also work very well across our service lines and offices to offer a truly integrated offering. How would your team describe you? You had better ask them! Hopefully, it would be fair, approachable, leading by example and not taking myself too seriously. Who is your hero and why? Yet to be confirmed as it will be whoever scores the goal that sends Derby County back to the Premier League….I could be waiting a while. What is your biggest superstition/fear? I genuinely have no superstitions. What is your morning routine before work? I’d love to say it was full of activity but I’m not a morning person – it will always involve coffee and hopefully breakfast with my girls before mentally preparing myself for the Northern Line. What is your life hack/top tip? Treat people how you would like to be treated yourself. If you were not doing your current job, what would you liked to have done? Probably an architect – I love designing spaces – although as a five-year-old I wanted to be a bin man. What is the biggest challenge facing the finance world at present? Brexit – the closer we get to 29 March 2019 without clarity over the future relationship then the more likely transactional activity will stagnate.

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The Rise of Outsourcing in Accountancy Practice

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Outsourcing is a rapidly growing service offering from accountancy firms and as specialist recruiters, we are seeing the demand rapidly increase for high calibre candidates to join newly formed and growing teams in a range of practices. Here, we look at the key reasons as to why this service line has become such a prominent opportunity for practice firms. Technology With cloud accounting, making tax digital and the easy ability to remotely monitor, share and create accounting data in real time, it has created an efficient, cost-effective method of providing outsourcing on a scale to a range of clients. Thus, creating a lucrative opportunity for firms to provide a comprehensive service with a clear ease to scale up operations. It makes providing clients with an efficient yet effective service at minimal cost. Getting closer to Clients Financial outsourcing is providing information that is critical to assessing and forecasting business performance. Which provides a real “buy-in” to clients for practice firms. Providing genuine advice that is critical to business owners and operators ensures that practice firms are providing VITAL information and advice in comparison to other service lines. This means it’s much easier to form strong working relationships, supporting retention but also cross-selling other service lines too. A Broader Target Market Outsourcing provides a useful benefit to clients of all levels. There is genuinely something of use in outsourcing for all businesses. Practice firms, therefore, have the ability to target a higher number of prospects for business, which makes it a much more lucrative marketplace and creates much more business opportunity. Why employees love it? Outsourcing is a varied, interesting role with plenty of client contact and interaction, a broad range of exciting, new technologies to use and fundamentally a lucrative and rapidly growing market. As a result, salaries are competitive, progression routes are clear and as the growth continues, the value of candidates will further increase. Conclusion The response to outsourcing by accountancy firms and the way the market has swung towards this service line shows what huge potential lies in this area of practice. It is a fantastic demonstration of the accountancy world taking a modern outlook in what is considered a stereotypically traditional world.

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4 Takeaways From Our What Is The Next Step For Your Finance Career Webinar

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I would like to thank everyone who joined us for Pro Finance’s latest webinar about Your Career in Finance, and a special thanks to our panel speakers, Jamie Cassell (Saffery Champness), Grant Lee (PWC) and Darsh Shah (Adler Shine) for participating. I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was an entirely beneficial event, and it was a real pleasure to listen to the advice and experiences of three industry-leading Partners within the world of practice! For those who missed out, not to worry! Below I have summarised the key points from the webinar, covering Specialisms, Firms, Career Advancement and Career Progression.​ 1. SPECIALISMS Darsh Shah (Adler Shine) began his career in Audit, however, benefited from the internal secondment opportunities within Corporate Finance and Not for Profit. Now he is able to keep his fingers in all the pies, so to speak, assisting Adler Shine’s Corporate Finance team as well as acting as Audit RI! Grant Lee (PWC) also highlighted the difficulty in making Director or Partner without having done a secondment into another line of service or territory. Saffery Champness offer their staff broad client exposure, and Jamie Cassell encourages his staff to focus on a couple of sectors they have a strong presence in, as they move up the promotional ladder. The verdict: Grab those opportunities to gain exposure to different service lines and specialisms, early on! Afterall, another string to your bow can only further your career later on in your finance career. 2. FIRMS All three of our guest panelists came from such different backgrounds and trained and worked in firms of varying size - each of them having their own individual merits. The Big 4 not only offers global reach but can provide alternate career paths internally. A Top 20 firm such as Saffery Champness offers a gratifying and varied workload with a broad range of sectors and client contact early on in one’s career. Finally, a “big little award-winning firm” such as Adler Shine allows you to have direct say on strategy and growth due to the close Partner group. The verdict: Decide on where you gain most job satisfaction. Is it in the variety of the work? Is it the potential to move service lines or for international travel? Or do you want to directly contribute to a firm’s strategy? 3. CAREER ADVANCEMENT It was great to hear how seriously firms are taking career development, offering counselling managers, yearly appraisals, a dedicated Learning & Development department for high-quality training and CPD support, as well as the very important; salary reviews! The verdict: Make the most of your firm’s excellent training and development facilities. Accountancy practices are eager to develop their staff and help them reach their full potential quickly – so make sure you have clear objectives laid out in your appraisals and a strategy of how you are going to reach these goals! 4. CAREER PROGRESSION In order to progress and be a success, love what you do! If partnership is your long-term goal, ensure you engage in Business Development early on to get a true taster. Motivation is the key factor and having a passion for what you do – by going the extra mile people will notice you and in turn truly support your career ambitions and help you to reach them in a desirable time frame. The verdict: Differentiate yourself from your peers with your diverse experience through secondments, and never be overlooked for a promotion again! A career in finance offers an abundance of different paths you can follow, from sector specialisms to crossing service lines. Each firm has its own merits, whether it is a Big 4 or a smaller, strong independent and just remember in order to succeed it’s important to love what you do. Take advantage of professional development your firm can offer you, and if you think you’re not getting enough out of your current role - make that change today.

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60 seconds with: Ian Matthews, Partner Kingston Smith LLP

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What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Focus on one thing and make yourself indispensable at that one thing. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or dead), who would you invite and why? Thom Yorke - I'm a huge Radiohead fan David Lloyd (aka bumble) - he's such an infectious character Napoleon - a great general who saw crushing defeat from huge highs Dylan Moran - I have seen him live a couple of times and he is so funny What do Kingston Smith do well? Kingston Smith has a strong history of developing their staff, as we promote from within more often than not. How would your team describe you? Politely? I think they would describe me as genuinely interested in their development and work experience. Who is your hero and why? I am unfortunately a Cardiff City fan so my hero is Craig Bellamy, who went on loan to play for his home team whilst during his prime to help them get promoted. What is your biggest superstition/fear? When getting ready for my exams I had to listen to a certain series of songs before going into the exam hall. What is your morning routine before work? Getting the kids up and then having a very strong coffee. What is your life hack / top tip? Time is precious so invest in developing your staff as early as possible to help them generate a return. If you were not doing your current job, what would you like to have done? I quite like to have been a train driver. What is the biggest challenge facing the finance world at present? Uncertainty - we are all having to get on with things, but contingency plans are only useful if they know what the alternative is.

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How to negotiate an offer the right way

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The recruitment process can at times be long and intensive to reach the stage of receiving an offer of employment. This can, however, be the most critical yet most challenging point of the process. How do you negotiate effectively? How do you ensure that your requests are persuasive and clear without creating a negative view of you as a candidate? Give & Take Remember, you are offering the prospective employer your services just as much as they are offering you an opportunity. This is a two-way street. Whatever you are looking for, reinforce what you are offering them in return. Whether it is a niche skillset or strong commercial value, there is a reason you have been offered to join! Tell them why you deserve more by reminding them of the benefits you bring to the firm. Know Your Worth It is important to be aware of what you are worth in the market. From market rate to current earnings you must be aware of this. Not only does this demonstrate your adept market knowledge but it really helps you justify your views. It is, however, critical with this that you ensure you are realistic. This should be based on solid facts as above rather than your personal opinion. Understand their perspective Whilst you may disagree that the offer put to you is of an adequate level, that does not mean that an employer is trying to be difficult. Establish the reasons why you have been offered less than you hoped. Understanding their point of view is just as important as explaining yours and will also help ensure negotiations remain amicable and give you the best chance of bringing them to your way of thinking. Be Honest & Upfront… FROM THE BEGINNING! It is crucial to start the entire process openly and honestly from your application! Generally, it will be at the point of offer where issues will arise. You need to be clear from the beginning what you are looking for, remain consistent and be open about any changes in this throughout the process at the earliest stage. You will NEVER be in a position to negotiate effectively if you do not do this. One thing that can help tie all the above together is consulting with your recruiter. As an independent party in the process, they can provide an objective and a balanced point of view. They can also provide you with market knowledge and an unrivalled level of advice on negotiating, both generally and with the employer in question specifically. As someone who is experienced in negotiation, listen to the advice, take it on board and let us help you succeed in negotiating. If you would like more advice on offer negotiation, you are welcome to contact me directly on 020 7269 6359 or via e-mail on samuel.mould@pro-finance.co.uk

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60 Seconds: Anu Tayal, Director of Corporate Finance at Roffe Swayne

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What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago on how to make Director/Partner? The marketplace changes quite quickly in today’s environment, so it is important to have as wide a gamut of skills as possible. It is therefore really important to get as much experience as possible across as many transactions as possible, which gives you the ability to be flexible in your approach to changing client needs. That and never burn your bridges…..so many connections from my past have helped in my career to date. Even in difficult situations, always part on friendly terms. That is going to be the last thing that person remembers and will, in my experience, quite quickly forget the other issues you may have had. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or dead), who would you invite and why? Michael McIntyre – for the jokes Stephen Hawkings – for the intellect The Beatles (not sure if that counts as one) – for the entertainment Barack Obama – for the anecdotes/insights about being a leader What does Roffe Swayne do well? Roffe Swayne is a full service Chartered Accountancy firm, covering my area Corporate Finance and Audit, Assurance, Tax, Outsourced bookkeeping /accounting firm. What really sets us apart is the collegiate way in which the teams interact, thus bringing the full experience of the firm to bear on our transactions. I would say we are a leading Corporate Finance team in the South East because of this. How would your team describe you? I actually asked my team this – Energetic, Ambitious, Collaborative and Versatile. Who is your hero and why? My heroes are my mum and dad, without whose love and support I wouldn’t be where I am and achieved what I have. Their guidance, energy and integrity in everything they did and instilled in us, is a constant reminder to do things right. I hope I can be the same role model for my children as they were for me. What is your biggest superstition/fear? I can’t stand needles What is your morning routine before work? It’s the normal stuff, showering, shaving etc. Two things, 1. always trying to spend 5 minutes with the kids before we all head off in different directions for the day. It is an opportunity to catch up, 2. Stopping for 5 minutes to prioritise the day's tasks What is your life hack / top tip? I take a picture of business cards into an app, in case I lose them (also means I don’t have to store them) If you were not doing your current job, what would you like to have done? Clichéd I know, but I would have loved to be involved in Motorsport in some way.

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The Gender Pay GAAP

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This month saw the brand new £10 note featuring Jane Austen enter circulation. Austen, an English novelist famous for her romance and comedy-fuelled literature, is the only woman – apart from the Queen – to now feature on an English banknote. Theresa May, somewhat like Marmite – the public tend to either love her or hate her. Whichever side of the argument you're on, there is no denying she is the second woman to hold both positions; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party - the first being Margaret Thatcher. Females entering traditionally male-dominated occupations has significantly increased in the last few decades. So, what about females working in finance? A study conducted by Visible Women shows that 64% of the top 1000 accounting and finance firms have no women in senior roles. Not only this, male chartered accountants in business earn an average salary of £100.9k compared to females who earn an average of £63.9k, a gap which has increased by 5.4% since 2014. So, what is being done about it? Well, organisations of more than 250 employees will now have to report gender pay differences annually or face a fine – and as a result, this Summer, PWC have reported a shocking 13.7% mean gender pay gap – something which they need to address. I believe transparency is the key to overcoming the gender pay gap - and is it clear to see from the media portrayal of the BBC following the release of their highest paid talent, that businesses cannot afford to risk their reputation. We should celebrate strong female role models in finance and it is great to see City AM’s Power 100 list recognising impressive female leaders in the accounting world, including Sacha Romanovitch the first female CEO of a major City accountancy firm, Grant Thornton.

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