Accountant Simone scoops top student title

Simone Masterson

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An accounting whizzkid is counting on a bright future after gaining a prestigious position.

Simone Masterson (21) from Worsthorne has become the youngest ever chairman of the Student Council for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

She is a leading example of how hard work, dedication and a genuine passion for business can lead to success at such a young age

Tim Entwistle, partner and head of BDO LLP North West

Simone, who is currently training to become an ACA qualified accountant with business advisory and accountancy firm BDO LLP in Manchester, is hoping to become a voice for her generation and urges others to take hold of their own future.

For the last year, she has served as the Manchester representative for the ISC. As an ambassador for the ICAEW, she will now attend and chair meetings with the council, which serves to support students across the country, while addressing issues and preparing for what’s ahead.

Simone said: “One of the major events I’m working on this year is the Business Futures event in Coventry, which will explore the challenges that business might be facing in the coming decades.

“My generation are going to be the business leaders of tomorrow and so it’s important that we look ahead and understand those challenges now.

“At the end of last year, there were changes made to the ACA qualification and this stemmed from discussions on the ISC council, so I’ve seen first-hand the difference these forums make.”

Simone, who studied at Stonyhurst College, was elected by her peers on the council, and credits her decision to join a school leaver programme over university for her early success.

Tim Entwistle, partner and head of BDO LLP in the North West, said: “Simone has demonstrated remarkable commitment to our profession and it’s fantastic that she is now supporting a new intake of trainee accountants.

“She is a leading example of how hard work, dedication and a genuine passion for business can lead to success at such a young age. She’s been working since she was 18 and this latest honour is a testament to how university isn’t the only route into an accomplished career.”