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Young Accountant of the Year

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 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.  The awards are an ideal opportunity for employers to give thanks and recognition to hard-working and talented members of their teams.

Previous winners and runners-up of the coveted award have represented many of the region’s leading independent practices as well as nationally recognised accountancy firms and some of Yorkshire’s top businesses and organisations.


Catherine Fletcher of KPMG has been named as the Young Accountant of the Year 2017 at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Royal Armouries. In winning the title, Catherine excelled in each of the assessment areas, clearly demonstrated a commitment to furthering her career and shone as a brilliant example of the talent that the accountancy profession is looking to attract. In short, the judges felt that she had a star quality ahead of her peers.

Samantha Riley from Watson Buckle was named runner-up with Steve Redhead of PwC claiming third spot. The other finalists were Katy Doherty from Grant Thornton, Derek Lee, BDO and Jack Link from BHP Clough & Co.