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Stay in touch with former colleagues and friends. You can gain access to our latest insights and reports, with the opportunity to join topical seminars and webinars.
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Take advantage of the opportunities to strengthen your network, exchange ideas and collaborate by keeping in touch with fellow alumni at our dedicated events. 
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Reconnect with us
Our doors are always open for former colleagues, if you are thinking of joining us again. We have many career opportunities available at Crowe, learn more about our open roles.
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When did you join us and what were the reasons you chose Crowe?

I studied Accounting and Finance at Exeter university and wanted to work with numbers, but had no real plan about how to get into the profession. I didn’t want to be just another body in the Big 4 (or Big 5 as it was then). I applied to Crowe through a job advertisement in the local newspaper, Mark Anderson recruited me even after I got lost and I was late for my interview. 

What do you remember most about your time at Crowe? Is there anything you miss?
From the first weeks as a trainee, I always found managers and partners very approachable and willing to offer help and advice. Whenever I visited clients, there was never any hesitation in sending me in to speak with directors and senior employees. I miss the lunchtime socialising but post-COVID that may be a thing of the past altogether!
Tell us about your career journey since you left Crowe and what you are doing at the moment / what your focus is at the moment?

By 2015, I wanted to move into industry and openly discussed this with Crowe. A new client, ID&C, needed to build out a finance function to support their growth plans, so it was mutually agreed that I join them. ID&C supply wristbands and accreditation products to festivals and live events. We opened an office in Florida in 2016, I joined the Board as FD in 2017 and at the end of 2019 we sold the business to a large North American corporate for an all-cash deal in excess of $30 million.

Post-completion, I was promoted into a group role with ID&C’s buyer. Life in a large corporate with its emphasis on people politics and interminable reporting deadlines is very different to the dynamism and flexibility more common to owner-managed businesses! The travel was excessive, especially as I have a young family, so it was an easy decision to step away and take some time to choose my next role.

Recently I joined Compass Business Finance. Like ID&C, they are a locally based, family-owned business that is experiencing rapid growth. Unlike ID&C, there are some nuances in accounting for Asset Finance so it’s good to get back to working with numbers and learning something new at this stage in my career.

How have you stayed connected with Crowe?
ID&C were a Crowe client. I continue to attend Crowe networking events and seminars. It is realistic to assume Compass and Crowe will be able to refer opportunities and / or work together in future.
What would you say are the benefits of keeping the connection with Crowe?

I respect and trust Crowe people and believe they can add value to any business by providing advice that is practical and based in the real-world. There are always interesting businesses and individuals to meet through Crowe’s networking events, as well as the possibility of a free drink!

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