The Hazlewoods Veterinary team is made up of individual people that work together towards a common goal. In these series, we are putting the spotlight on some of them, so you can get to know us better. The second person in our series is Associate Director, Gemma Sterry.
How did your career with Hazlewoods start and develop?
I completed an art foundation diploma and, looking for a change in direction, wrote to a couple of local accountancy firms, one of them being Hazlewoods. They offered me a job in 2005 and, other than a short career break to travel, I have been here ever since.
What drew you to Hazlewoods originally and what made you continue your career with the firm?
Hazlewoods is a fantastic blend of great opportunities with a local, family feel, excellent training and many experienced colleagues from whom to draw knowledge from. If you are an accountant in Gloucestershire, then I would definitely recommend Hazlewoods as the place to work!
How has the firm changed over the last 16 years?
Hazlewoods has grown in size quite rapidly during this time and, whilst there are a lot of new faces, we continue to be a friendly, approachable bunch with great team spirt and enthusiasm.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest professional achievement is my progression over the years, from AAT apprentice to Associate Director.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Working alongside my like-minded peers and helping clients to understand accountancy concepts and tax.
Who has influenced or inspired you when it comes to how you approach your work?
I have worked with a range of Hazlewoods partners over the years and I have drawn from each of those experiences to develop my approach today.
What is the best career lesson you have learned so far?
Speak plain English and put yourself in the shoes of the client, or colleague for that matter!
What should clients be currently thinking?
Where they would like to be in 5 years’ time and what do they need to do to get there.