Kate Edginton, an accountant here at Hazlewoods, has taken top honours in her recent accountancy exams. Kate, 22, came first in the whole West of England in the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) case study exam which she sat in Bristol.
It involved studying a company and its history and explaining how to help it overcome its problems. “It was a surprise to win, it was a challenging exam and all about using your skills and come up with solutions to problems, such as business strategy and the best way forward,” said Kate who comes from Westbury-on-Severn and is now a fully qualified chartered accountant.
Kate joined Hazlewoods in September 2010 and now works in the firm’s Business Services team at Staverton.
Kate said: “My section specialises in dentistry, although that is not the only area we work in. We have specialist knowledge so we can provide a good service to dentists.
“Obviously I started at the bottom and now that I have qualified I am progressing into a more senior role, including reviewing the work of juniors and helping them to progress.”
Kate said she had always wanted to work in accountancy and had joined Hazlewoods because of its good reputation and support for training.
“I like the variation and the contact you have with clients and how you can influence what they are doing and help them to progress their business.
Kate’s family is from a farming background and she is Finance and General Purposes Committee chairman of the Gloucestershire Federation of Young Farmers.