I started working in accounting in 1998, a career choice based on a natural aptitude for figures, something of a family trait!
A qualified accountant, I'd spent 15 years working for one of Kent's leading firms of Chartered Accountants when my daughter, Esmay, was born.
Before I had a family, I'd worked long hours, and I was determined I would strike the right balance when I went back to work. I decided to do something I'd always wanted to - to go out on my own.
When Clare and I set up Kendall Richardson, we knew that we wanted to provide our clients with a security when it came to their business finances, to be a business they could trust. We started as a team of two - we're now a team of seven, with plans to grow - and our original focus is shared by everyone here.
I feel very lucky. I'm doing a job I love, a job that is flexible enough to let me enjoy family time. That's why Kendall Richardson promotes flexible working arrangements for its team, enabling them to pursue their career dreams and be parents.
When Kendall Richardson was incorporated in 2014, I realised an ambition I had never thought would be feasible, to work for myself.
I'm a qualified accountant, and spent eight years working for one of Kent's leading firms of Chartered Accountants, which is where I met Lynsey.
I've always been good with and enjoyed, numbers and so accountancy was a natural career path for me. I studied for and achieved my qualifications while working for a local firm. Accountancy training and exams are hard, as you might expect, and I'm really proud of my achievements.
We're a friendly bunch at Kendall Richardson, and there's usually cake of some sort available, if I've not already eaten it! And I love tax returns - it's probably my favourite part of my job. That, and meeting our clients, some of whom have been with us since we started the business.
There's no doubt that training "on the job" is the best way to gain experience, and that's why Kendall Richardson has a long-term future goal to offer this same opportunity to trainees, to help them find their way into a career in accountancy.
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