- Audit & Assurance
- Business Advisory
- Owner-managed Businesses
- International Groups
- UK Subsidiaries of US Public Companies
- Group Financial Reporting
- Technical Accounting
- UK GAAP
- BSc (Hons) Economics & Accounting
A bit about me
Hello, I’m Jess. I joined Ecovis in 2010 as a graduate trainee in the firm’s business advisory department and quickly progressed to become an Audit Partner in under 10 years. I have spent the majority of my career focusing on audit, compliance and technical accounting matters, however, I did spend 7 months on secondment at FTSE 250 listed insurer Hastings Direct, assisting the Group Financial Reporting function in steering the business through its IPO.
The majority of my role is spent focusing on audit and compliance. I aim to take to worry away from my clients and make the year end compliance process as pain free as possible. During the audit, we focus on project management and communication, so all stakeholders are kept informed and updated, which ensures there are no unforeseen issues, surprises or missed deadlines. We also are able to be flexible to help clients as needed.
I often works alongside ECOVIS International network firms and am a member of the audit team that deal exclusively with UK subsidiaries of US public companies that are subject to PCAOB oversight. As a result, I have had to build my technical knowledge of US GAAP, US GAAS and PCAOB Standards.
As a training firm, Ecovis recruit numerous graduates and school leavers each year. I assist with recruiting trainee and experienced staff and ensuring a level playing field is afforded to all candidates. I also have responsibility in delivering training and development across the firm in areas including, compliance, technical, the firm’s policies and procedures and soft skills. I have also delivered technical training and workshops to clients and member firms of ECOVIS International.
My interests lie within technical accounting and audit. I also strive to ensure that the firm provides a quality service to all clients and continues to maintain its excellent compliance record.
I love the people and the culture here. It’s great to work with so many intelligent, inspirational and driven individuals. I feel that everyday I am able to learn something new from the people I work with, but also have common interests and enjoy spending time with people socially as well. I also enjoy the clients and businesses I work with. My client base spans a variety of industries and my portfolio of clients also includes a range of international groups, UK subsidiaries of overseas listed entities, media companies and owner-managed businesses. Every day is different, every day is a challenge and that’s why I love my job.
Running and generally keeping fit. Getting outside and walking my dog.
A luxury item I’d take on a desert island
Very difficult – I am not one for physical items, so if I couldn’t take a person or my dog then it would need to be something practical.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I hated being the youngest in my year at school and I found it very frustrating that others were learning to drive a car and I couldn’t. So I saved up and brought a moped and just after my 16th birthday I passed my test and went everywhere on it. It felt daring at the time, as a new driver, and it always surprised people that I drove it.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like the ability to stop time – there are never enough hours in the day.
What inspires you?
People who go above and beyond for others.
What one piece of advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
Making mistakes is a normal part of life and it’s ok to make them as long as you acknowledge them and learn from them.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I love all animals.