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Carey on agile working

Carey Stuart is a senior manager in our Audit & Assurance business and is based in Newcastle. When returning from maternity leave, she felt there was more we could do as a firm to create opportunities for those, like herself, who wanted to enjoy a healthy work-life balance while maintaining a fulfilling and challenging career in audit. Here’s how she’s helping others develop their careers by embracing agile working.

A new career avenue

“I felt there was a wealth of talent out there who had chosen not to pursue a career in audit due to personal circumstances. Developing a career as an auditor may not suit everyone, with frequent travel for various clients often being part of the job. I wanted to provide a rewarding and challenging career not only to other working mums but also to those with health issues and other personal commitments.

Fully supported by Deloitte’s commitment to agile working, I lead our audit Professional Standards Review (PSR) Centre of Excellence in Newcastle. The team provides independent quality and risk reviews to audit teams across the UK on a wide range of clients. This involves providing a final quality review for audit teams on deliverables ranging from statutory accounts to board reports. And it's all done in an office-based role, allowing my team to use their skills in a way that works for them.”

Making agile work for everyone

“As leader of the centre, I’ve focused on attracting, recruiting and retaining talented and dedicated people while maintaining a close-knit and supportive culture. I’m very proud to have seen the team grow from three to twenty-three in just eighteen months, and I truly believe it’s our ethos of respect, inclusion and trust that has made the centre a success. From a working mum who splits her time between office and home, to a fitness enthusiast who takes two days a week to look after his personal training clients, or a full-time manager who uses agile working to fit in with her needs during Ramadan – every member of the team embraces agile working in one way or another.

What’s really important to me is to lead by example: demonstrating to the team and the wider firm that it isn’t about time sat at a desk or online presence, but rather the quality of our output and the impact we make while we’re at work. Everyone has a different reason for using agile working – it’s not about who needs it most, it’s about making it work for everyone, regardless of why and when.”

Find out more about agile working at Deloitte and read other stories of how our people are making it work.