Marie joined Saffery Champness in January 2018 as a trainee. As a member of the Business Advisory Group in the London office, she works predominantly on audit and accounts assignments for clients operating in a wide range of sectors. Those clients include large corporates, owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
She took an unconventional route into the accountancy profession, having graduated from Imperial College London with a medical degree and first class honours in reproductive and developmental sciences. She then worked as a doctor on the frontline of the NHS for two years where she practised in a number of specialties such as paediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics.
Marie hopes to bring together her experiences as a doctor and an accountant to make a positive impact in the industry.
What does winning the Chartered Star competition mean to you?
I saw the Chartered Star competition as the perfect opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and I am extremely glad that I did. I am thrilled to attend the One Young World Summit with fellow members of the accountancy profession from across the world.
Why are you excited to attend One Young World?
One Young World is one of the biggest youth-led movements of its kind. I believe the One Young World Summit provides a unique platform for discussions with young people from a variety of industries and countries. I am sure that the Summit will provide me with the tools and motivation to make meaningful changes in whatever capacity that may be.
What plenary topic are you most passionate about and why?
The five plenary themes all warrant our attention and commitment. However I am particularly looking forward to the Planetary Health Plenary Session. Like many others in recent years, I have an increasing awareness of the devastating effects of climate change on both nature and human health. My desire for creating change is not only driven by my interest in human health, but by the possibility of contributing to the wider sustainability agenda with my knowledge and skills as a future chartered accountant.
What would you like to get out of attending One Young World?
First of all, I hope to widen my perspective and to gain ideas from the various speakers and fellow delegates. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to meet young leaders from across the world and I hope to share what I have learnt with those around me. Secondly, I want to make long-lasting connections with the people I meet at the Summit. I believe that change can only happen if we continue to work together and learn from one another, which is why I want to continue the conversation after the Summit.
What value do you think your skills and training in Chartered Accountancy bring to being a future global leader?
We can all make a difference through our actions and the opportunity for businesses is that their influence can reach far into their markets and society. Accountants are uniquely placed to assist business leaders to make decisions with a positive social impact that lasts. Being a leader also requires you to have a broad perspective and this is something that I believe our training develops through our interaction with a range of people in different professions across different industries.