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Young Accountant of the Year Awards

The strength and depth of exceptional accountancy and finance talent in the Yorkshire region is highlighted with the hugely popular Young Accountant of the Year annual awards.

The competition was established in 2000 and is run by Sharp Consultancy in conjunction with West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants.It recognises the best of the region’s accountants who are either training to be qualified or have been qualified for up to two years. Potential winners can be nominated by their colleagues, peers or senior managers and will have to satisfy a number of criteria including exam record, leadership and initiative and work and technical competence as well as demonstrating to the judges that they bring an extra element of star quality to their role.

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Recent previous winners of the title have represented some of the region’s leading financial names including Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, Baker Tilly and Deloitte.This year, Charlotte Johnson from Deloitte triumphed over stiff competition to scoop the title.

Lee Sweeney, regional director at Sharp Consultancy said, “With each event the standard of entries continues to increase demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent we have within the financial and accountancy industry in the West Yorkshire area.”

He added, “The role of an accountant has changed significantly over time and those entering the profession today not only have to display solid accountancy skills, but they must be commercially astute, very much in touch with industry developments and stand out as the potential future leaders within their organisations.This competition an ideal opportunity for individuals to showcase their skills - it takes into account the technical aspects of the job and also allows those nominees that bring something extra to their roles the opportunity to shine and be recognised amongst their peers.”

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(Lee Sweeney centre, pictured with Joe McMullan, winner Charlotte Johnson & Emma Bennett)

In winning the title for 2014, Charlotte Johnson, 26 years old and from Pontefract, excelled in each of the assessment areas, clearly demonstrated a commitment to furthering her career and shone as a brilliant example of the young talent that the accountancy profession is looking to attract.In short, the judges felt that she had a star quality ahead of her peers.

Emma Bennett from KPMG was named runner-up with Joe McMullan from Ernst & Young (EY) claiming third spot.The other finalists were Andrea McDermott from Grant Thornton, Thomas Bottomley-Mason from PwC and Anna Hardy from Baker Tilly.

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"It is a real honour to be named as the Young Accountant of the Year. It is a huge confidence boost to be recognised by your employer as making a valuable contribution to the business and be nominated for such a prestigious title. The finalists are all extremely talented and demonstrate the strength and depth that there is within the financial and accountancy industry in the West Yorkshire area.”

Claire Mulholland, Young Accountant of the Year Winner 2013