Life at Deloitte
Assistant Director, Forensic Services, Birmingham
I’m an Assistant Director in the Forensic Services team. I lead smaller teams or take a supporting role within a larger team working on a range of issues where the accounting and legal worlds collide.
Experience in sport
I have always enjoyed a wide range of sports, both team and individual. My highest achievements in sport were racing for Great Britain at World and European Championships in the sprint and marathon kayaking teams. At university, I took up water polo, and was part of the ladies team that won the BUCS (or BUSA as it was then) championship in 2002. These days my sports take a bit more of a back seat but I play netball with the office team and get out running, rock climbing and biking whenever I can.
Job / role at Deloitte
I’m an Assistant Director in the Forensic Services team. I lead smaller teams or take a supporting role within a larger team working on a range of issues where the accounting and legal worlds collide. I’m primarily involved in investigations of fraud and accounting irregularities, and in disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions.
Why did you choose Deloitte?
Deloitte offered exposure to a wide range of projects and clients, the opportunity to progress quickly, and a healthy working environment. I had heard good things about working for them and thought I would give it a try.
What was your journey from University to Deloitte?
Not straightforward it’s fair to say! I left Warwick university with no idea of what I wanted to do career-wise and set out for a year of working and volunteering overseas. On returning home, I spent a year doing various jobs and travelling some more before taking the plunge into the world of accountancy. I joined Robson Rhodes in 2005, as a trainee in their audit department. By the time I had completed my training contract, Robson Rhodes had effectively been taken over by Grant Thornton, and I spent 2 years on secondment in New Zealand, making the most of opportunities there to take up touch rugby and mixed netball. When I returned from New Zealand I was looking for a new role and the possibility of joining the Deloitte Forensic team seemed like a great opportunity for work that built on my existing skill set but provides new challenges every day.
How do you use skills in sport that you now apply to our day job?
Being involved in sport at a high level through my GCSEs and A-levels as well as university taught me a whole range of transferable skills and traits. As well as giving me confidence, it taught me excellent time management skills, perseverance, discipline, determination and drive. Kayaking taught me that I was always capable of more than I expected and that I could often push myself that little bit further than I thought I could. Both kayaking and water polo taught me the importance of communication and the true nature of teamwork. I learned that there’s no substitute for really knowing people when trying to get a team to function effectively. I also learned some coaching skills through sport which I regularly apply in my job.
Are you involved with sport at Deloitte? If so how?
I play netball on the Birmingham office team – it’s low level and fun; a good way to get to know others in the office and relax together. I also ran the Birmingham half marathon with a team of over 50 Deloitte participants, raising money for our office charity and winning the business challenge for a mixed team from a large business in the process!
What one piece of advice do you wish you were given when applying for roles?
Be yourself and believe in yourself.