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A prize-giving ‘graduation style’ ceremony has celebrated the achievements of young chartered accountants from Cumbria.
Kenneth Dobson, Benjamin Jaffrey, Jason Kirkbride, Claire Nixon and Sarah Steele (all from Armstrong Watson), Sarah Farquhar, Graeme Seavor and Ricky Taylor (from David Allen & Co), Andrew Sims and Joanne Thomlinson (Dodd & Co), Lee O’Dowd (Cumbrian Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), Sarah Irving (O’Reilly), Jennifer Maxwell (Saint & Co), Andrew Donaldson (robinson+co) and Andrew Kilgour and John Marshalsea (Gibbons & Co) were honoured for completing the ICAEW’s Advanced Stage of the prestigious ACA qualification examinations during 2009.
Sarah Steele was in addition awarded second place in the Professional Stage Examinations Order of Merit and Kerryl Carter (also from Armstrong Watson) received an award for top marks in the Financial Reporting Top-Up paper at the Professional Stage.
Peter Ellwood, Chairman of the Cumberland Society of Chartered Accountants, said that this year’s event has been a great success, with around 180 people attending in total and 50 students receiving their awards.
Speaking at the graduation event, Robin Fieth, executive director, finance and operations, at the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) said that chartered accountants have never been in such demand and the North of England offered a wealth of employment opportunities for the rising stars of the profession.
Hosted by the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants and supported by Newcastle University Business School, the prize-giving event recognised the 116 candidates in the North East and Cumbria who last year completed the ICAEW’s Advanced Stage and the 74 who passed the Professional Stage.
Mr Fieth said he firmly believed that chartered accountants have a vital role to play in rebuilding economic confidence in the years ahead.