Lucy joined KPMG on the graduate training scheme straight from university. She worked there for 12 years and got promoted to Manager after 5 years. In her late 20s Lucy got married, had 2 children and since then, she has always worked part time. Lucy’s focus at KPMG was Corporate Tax but her time there gave her an excellent grounding in working in professional finance and the opportunity to study, complete internal and external secondments and carve out her future career aspirations.
In 2013 Lucy made the move to industry and is currently Group Tax Manager at EVO Group. In the 8 years she has been there the business has expanded and changed which has resulted in opportunities for her role to develop, evolve and remain continuously challenging.
We’ve known Lucie for a number of years and always admired her ability to successfully juggle working in a challenging role, parenting teenage children and training for half marathons. Her energy and positivity is admirable.
Professional women often struggle to manage their multiple personal and professional priorities. Having the opportunity to work remotely or flexibly can be particularly important for women. It’s vital for employers to ensure talented women remain and thrive in the workplace and agile working is fundamental to this. I really hope a lasting impact of the pandemic will be employers judging on output, productivity, and performance rather than time spent in the office.
Diverse leadership teams perform better. Women bring different skill sets and perspectives to leadership positions which can often drive solution focused working and innovative thinking. Women make strong and compassionate managers and it’s so important for them to be represented at all levels in the workplace.
I think the most important strategy is for women to network and connect with other women in business. For me peer support from other women working as finance professionals has been fundamental to my career. Successful women leaders have an important role to play in encouraging and aspiring the future female leaders of tomorrow.
When I’m not providing a taxi service for the teenagers at home (!) I love to run. I took up running 6years ago, its great exercise and fits well around work and home life. Becoming a runner has changed my life, it’s so great for my mental wellbeing - whether it’s a work or home life issue, nothing helps me to work through it like a run. I’ve run five half marathons and sometimes it’s great to have a race booked to aim towards. Other times its great not to have any races booked and just run for fun!
In our third and final article, Paul Davies provides advice to any business considering a public listing in 2022
Sarah is one of our region’s leading female CFOs. She is passionate about what she does and is an exceptional finance professional. We were delighted when she agreed to share her journey to such a successful career.
Gareth Hague has led two listings over the past four years. Today, he shares with you his informed views on IPOs from a CFO’s perspective in Yorkshire.
London Main Market and AIM listings rose significantly in 2021 across the UK. Yorkshire was a strong part of this trend and we continue to speak to SMEs who are considering or actively planning for IPOs as their preferred exit route.
The landscape, experiences from those involved and some expert advice and considerations