Luke, 29 is a Partner at Stewart & Co, an independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, based in Surrey. He joined the Practice in 2018 having trained and qualified at BDO, spending five years in their tax team.
He has a wide variety of clients but specialises in the SME sector, using his experience to help growing, owner-managed businesses get the most out of their companies.
Excellent communication and lasting relationships are at the heart of Luke’s approach. ‘We live in a modern age but I believe social intelligence is an immeasurable strength which is only going to become more important. Without human connection accountancy is nothing but numbers.’
Luke wants to help empower the next generation of accountants to create a positive and impactful industry to be proud of.
What does winning the Chartered Star competition mean to you?
It’s nice to be able to share my thoughts and address one of the One Young World plenary themes, but to win and be an ICAEW Ambassador at the Summit is fantastic. I am delighted for my thoughts to be recognised and can’t wait to attend later this year.
Why are you exited to attend One Young World?
I’m excited to meet other impactful young leaders, who are passionate about responsible, effective leadership and making a difference. It’s going to be great to connect and share ideas with this community, and have an opportunity to meet the world leaders who are helping to tackle these global challenges.
What plenary topic are you most passionate about and why?
Each plenary topic is fascinating in its own right, highlighting some of the global challenges which together we are facing. Personally, I have always been passionate about education and ensuring tomorrow’s generation have the knowledge and skills they will require in a changing world, and that is why I chose to address the future of learning as my plenary theme.
What would you like to get out of attending One Young World?
To take inspiration from World leaders and fellow attendees and be empowered with the means to make a difference!
What value do you think your skills and training in Chartered Accountancy bring to being a future global leader?
For me, being a future global leader means being responsible and having a holistic view to deliver success without compromising on ones values and our long term future. Chartered Accountants follow a fundamental principles of ethics which means we are well placed to handle ethical dilemmas and avoid compromise. Our training also helps to develop the social and emotional intelligence needed to support people to achieve their goals.