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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 national accountancy firms and some of Yorkshire’s top businesses and organisations.

Shereen Ayub from PwC has been named as the Young Accountant of the Year 2020 at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Royal Armouries.  Tom Rylands of KPMG was named runner-up with Rob Hainsworth of Deloitte taking third place. The other finalists were Tom Farnhill (RSM UK), Lauren Devenish (EY) and Rebecca Dawson (Garbutt & Elliott).

Entries for Young Accountant of the Year 2021 will open later in the year.



The previous winners of the Young Accountant of the Year title are:

  • Tim  Moss – 2019
  • Haydn Horner – 2018
  •  Catherine Fletcher – 2017
  • Georgina Taylor – 2016
  • Lisa Mason – 2015
  •  Charlotte Johnson – 2014
  •  Claire Mulholland – 2013
  • Meghan Gallagher – 2012
  • Rebecca Poad – 2011
  • Helen Brindley – 2010
  • Victoria Wilson – 2009
  • Claire Butterworth – 2008
  •  Alex Grieve – 2007