Five things that made me

How they got to where they are now

Success means different things to different people. Respect. Money. Happiness. Giving back. Legacy.

We all have leaders we look up to. ‘They’ve made it’, we think. But every role model walked their path before becoming one.

We spoke to senior role models within the firm about their stories. We talked about their lives and their careers. The highlights. The turning points. The shiny opportunities.

But we also talked about the tough times. The lessons learnt. How they find balance. And the helping hands along the way.

Here are their stories. May they inspire yours.

Meet Shilpa: Technology leader. Brings women together. Loves sharing stories.


Five things we learnt from Shilpa...


  1. Do what you love and love what you do = the secret to success.

  2. Don’t underestimate how much you can help somebody by sharing your story.

  3. Think of your career journey as less ladder, more jungle gym.

  4. Take it each day at a time. Perfection is a myth.

  5. Everybody is a role model (yes, you reading this too!) so pay it forward.

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Meet Katie: Audit partner. Champions women in leadership. 100% herself.


Five things we learnt from Katie...


  1. Do your best at whatever it is you’re doing.

  2. Look for ways to grow. You’d be surprised at what you can do.

  3. Be who you are everywhere you go.

  4. When things get difficult, remember you’re stronger than you think.

  5. We’re all just human. Learn. Make a change. Have fun!

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Meet Lara: tax partner, world traveller and new mum.


Five things we learnt from Lara...


  1. Don’t worry about not fitting in. Become comfortable with who you are.

  2. The secret to success? Go after what you enjoy doing.

  3. Try new things. Dream big. Ask people to take a chance on you. They will.

  4. There’s no pre-determined path. Discover your own.

  5. Rethink ‘failing.’ Those moments are learning experiences, a nudge in a different direction.

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Meet Matt: parent, consulting leader and neurodiversity champion.


Five things we learnt from Matt...


  1. Helping others is where success lies.

  2. There’s no such thing as a failure. Everything’s a learning experience.

  3. Let everyone hear it: work and home are both important.

  4. Be you. You’re valued for who you are and what you bring to the table.

  5. Inspiration comes from everywhere – just look around you.

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Meet Lucy: Sustainable finance leader. Passionate about purpose. Believer in silver linings.


Five things we learnt from Lucy...


  1. Your past can shape your future – in a good way.

  2. When there’s a clear why, everything falls in place.

  3. Your wellbeing comes first. Always.

  4. Don’t worry about how you think you should lead. Be you.

  5. Being able to help others is pretty successful.

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Meet Stewart: Audit director, cricket fan and proud dad.


Five things we learnt from Stew...


  1. It’s about where you come from. But it’s also about where you’re going.

  2. Accept help. Help others. Repeat.

  3. Don’t forget to look around you. There’s always someone looking up to you.

  4. Priorities change. People change. Stay close to yourself.

  5. Do more of what you love. Life’s too short to spend it on things you don’t.

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Meet Will: People and purpose leader. Big music fan. LGBT+ champion.


Five things we learnt from Will...


  1. You don’t have to have a grand plan. What interests you right now?

  2. Look for opportunities to learn – and have fun.

  3. Share your story. Listen to others’ stories.

  4. Look after yourself. It makes everything else easier.

  5. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Be yourself and watch how far you’ll go.

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Meet Rachel: Tax leader. First to go to uni in her family. Mother of three.


Five things we learnt from Rachel...


  1. Just because others around you didn’t doesn’t mean you can’t.

  2. Stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy but it always pays off.

  3. If you could design your dream job, what would it look like?

  4. Helping others helps us. Always.

  5. You’re not one career. There’s more than one path for everyone.

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