What do you do?

Put simply, my job involves auditing pension scheme accountsbut I’m sometimes involved in the preparation of these accounts. I am part of an awesome team that delivers exceptional service to a diverse client base. My wider role involves coaching the team and helping to deliver training courses. I work predominantly on larger, more complex pension schemes. 

Why do you do it?

After a former student came back to my school to do a presentation on CP, I knew that was the place I wanted to work once I’d completed sixth formI spent my first couple of months at CP working in the pensions team and knew from then on that pensions was the specialism I wanted to pursue. The main reason why I love my job is because every week is different, and I get to work with some great people. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I consider every assignment to be a different project. I love seeing a job through from start to finish, making sure audits are completed efficiently and in a timely manner.   

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Travel, travel and more travel! I love exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. 

What do you do?

I audit pension scheme accounts, which essentially means we check the figures entered onto the financial statements are actually correct. It’s important these numbers are accurate as many people rely on them for other work, such as an actuary who relies on the net assets we calculated to determine if the scheme is under/overfunded.

By having us check these numbers it ensures that the figures haven’t been over-inflated for years and so when a worker reaches retirement and wants their well-earned lump sum – there is still money in the pot to give them! 

Why do you do it?

There are actually a select few people in this world that love nothing more than entering a load of figures onto a set of financial statements and seeing it all balance at the end – and I’m one of them! Mix this with a fun, sociable, modern workplace, and the feeling of job satisfaction is one that never goes away.   

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

My main area of work is ensuring my portfolio of schemes are signed off before the 7-month deadline, as this is the statutory timeframe. Some of my biggest projects to date have included helping clients ensure this timeframe is met when they have only provided a set of accounts to audit with less than one month to go – not ideal! It’s challenging but extremely rewarding work to help the client ensure this deadline is met and also avoids the possibility of any fines for the client for such a breach. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Top of my bucket list is to travel around Asia with my partner. I love nothing more than a well-deserved break and have visited almost every country in Europe. Naturally, I feel the next step is to venture out to another continent and explore the tropical adventures that await! I have never backpacked around as a tourist hopping from one island to another and think Thailand will be the perfect place for us to start.

What do you do?

I work in the Pensions team at Cooper Parry, and my role involves me working on pensions audits.

Why do you do it?

I always enjoyed maths and working with numbers when I was at school, and I knew that I wanted to carry on with this when I left. So, accountancy seemed like a really great career path. I did a week’s work experience at a firm of auditors and loved it, so I started doing my AAT as soon as I finished my GCSE’s. I love the CP culture and feel it gives me a great environment to learn and grow. 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

For me, I see each audit as a new project as no two files are the same. That makes the job even more interesting as I feel there is always something new to learn with each client. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

My bucket list mainly involves travel and seeing my favorite musicians play live, so I would have to say the top thing on my bucket list is either to see Eminem live or go to Bora Bora.

What do you do?

I’m an Audit Manager within the Big Business team where I manage a portfolio of clients in different industries.

Why do you do it?

I’ve always been a bit of a Maths geek so I wanted to do something with numbers, but growing up I was never really sure exactly what job would be best.

Whilst I was at Loughborough University I did a placement year at the Walt Disney Company as a finance intern where I first learned about the ACA scheme and loved the idea of working and studying at the same time.

I then went on to spend nearly 5 years at Deloitte before joining Cooper Parry. I love the variety that audit brings, and although it is a cliché, no day is ever the same! I get to work with an amazing team and help to develop them which is very rewarding. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

don’t really have a bucket list, but I’ve always wanted to swim with Dolphins! Hopefully, if the world gets back to normal by next year I’ll be off to Mexico to do just that! 

What do you do?

My main focus as a Deal Originator is to build relationships with businesses who are looking to grow through acquisition – buying or selling. 

am connecting with companies and building our pipeline of future work across sectors where our deal credentials and buyer interests lie. 

Why do you do it?

My background in Financial Recruitment has been all about having proactive conversationsbuilding long-lasting relationships with key decision-makers, and making deals happen.  

Now, Im excited to have the chance to throw myself into something slightly different and use all my skills to enhance the Corporate Finance team here at Cooper Parry.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I wouldn’t say I have a bucket list as such, however, I do always have things going on in the background that keep me busy. Right now, I am renovating a Victorian property, planning a wedding, and have a young Cocker Spaniel to look after, which all keep me on my toes. 

I have, however, always wanted to travel around Australia and New Zealand in a motor home, and that will be ticked off on my dream honeymoon next year.

What do you do?

I’m an Audit Manager at Cooper Parry, spending most of my time at our Solihull office, but with WFAAF (Working From Anywhere. Anytime. Forever), I could be at any of our offices, at home, or on the other side of the globe!

I manage a portfolio of ambitious, privately-owned businesses across an exciting range of different industries, together with a portfolio of people in our audit team, meaning I’m building lasting relationships both in and out the firm.

Why do you do it?

I was a numbers nerd at school (and still am to be completely honest…) and that ultimately led me down the path of accountancy. What I love about audit though is that it gives me opportunities to problem solve and help/advise people, whether they’re my clients or my team members.

It really is true that no one day is the same, no one week is the same, and that makes the job even more interesting and exciting – I never know what my day has in store! 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Before joining Cooper Parry in Feb 2020, I spent 7 years at Grant Thornton, where I worked with clients of all sizes, operating in various industries and having different ownership structures. Whilst I am growing my portfolio here at Cooper Parry, I hope to again establish a varied client portfolio whilst participating in non-audit projects. This really is the start of an exciting journey!

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Bucket list? What’s one of those?

In all seriousness, I don’t really have a bucket list. Of course, I have personal goals and objectives, but I take life as it comes and make sure that I’m enjoying life as much as I’m enjoying work. Having said that, I do still want to become a professional footballer and play for the biggest club in the world (Man United), so when they come calling, my audit career may need some serious consideration…

What do you do?

I work in the Pensions Audit team here at Cooper Parry, carrying out the fieldwork for a number of different pension schemes.

Why do you do it?

I started off in the CP Core Audit team and was offered a secondment into the Pensions team. I really enjoyed the variety of work, the team and learning all about the world of pensions, so when I was asked to stay in the team full time, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have been involved in lots of projects from helping clients prepare their accounts to auditing clients from the Pension Protection Fund. We sometimes work to strict deadlines, which makes meeting them all the more rewarding 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I love observing animals in their natural habitat, so for me, the top item on my bucket list would have to be going on a safari in the Serengeti in Tanzania! 

What do you do?

I lead our Early Stage through to Scale Up Team, advising and supporting ambitious, growing, entrepreneurial businesses.

Why do you do it?

To provide these businesses with the FINANCE TEAM, TECHNOLOGY and STRATEGIC support they need to succeed and achieve their goals.  And to help Cooper Parry become synonymous with providing holistic support to Early Stage through to Scale Up businesses.

Oh, and I love the culture at Cooper Parry!

Away from our clients, I love to help my team succeed and give them the opportunities they want to achieve their own goals and ambitions.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have spent more than 20 years supporting ambitious growing businesses and helping them succeed.  Partnering with them to provide the support, challenge, opinion and solutions they need, as typically, they haven’t done this before.

I support them at each stage of their journey and show them how to achieve their goals, whatever they maybe.  From ‘back office’ finance team outsourcing and clarity on the key financial information to drive the business forward, to accounting or whole business tech systems, and strategic direction and advice.

The key is to build a strong relationship and trust so that I can be proactive and bring ideas and solutions. That leaves them to focus on their business and helps them succeed. That’s what I love doing. And really, that’s what it’s all about.

Now, I can do that whilst working within the entrepreneurial, ‘culture trumps strategy’, disruptive environment that is Cooper Parry. ‘Make Life Count’, we say. And that’s exactly what I want to do – not just for myself, but for my clients, too.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

Working at Cooper Parry has given me so many more options and the chance to actually have a bucket list I can achieve.

My family is my life and passion and I’d love to go travelling with my wife and 2 daughters across Europe for a month, experiencing lots of places I’ve never had the chance to visit before.

For myself, I have over the last 2 years gone from 10km runs to a 100km ultramarathon. I wanted to keep pushing myself physically and mentally and I’m certainly doing that. It is also a huge help for not just physical but mental wellbeing. Within the next 2 years, I want to complete a 100-mile ultra in 24 hours.

Other ‘minor’ items on the list – jump out of a plane (with a parachute) and actually, properly surf!

What do you do?

My role is all about supporting retailers in any number of ways to allow them to thrive and grow. This could be mapping a process and recommending changes, performing analysis to offer insight and opportunities or even becoming part of your team! 

If you are a retailer and you’d like to see what we can do for you, give me a shout! 

Why do you do it?

Having spent most of my career in industry finance working for retailers such as Boots and Dunelm, I knew I loved retail but wanted a change from my daily spreadsheets (even though I am a self-confessed spreadsheet nerd!). 

Then, the opportunity at Cooper Parry came up to work with retailers on varying projects and apply my existing knowledge to their processes – how could I say no? 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I visited Vancouver several years ago and fell in love with Canada, so I’d love to go back and do the Rocky Mountain train route to see more of the country (and hopefully a few bears!). 

What do you do?

I’m an Accounting Advisory Manager in the Big Business Team.

I offer advice and support to large corporates, mainly in retail, on areas such as technical accounting, supplier overpayments, internal controls and data analytics.

Why do you do it?

Because I genuinely love it. I love the CP culture, which is so open, flexible and based on trust. And I love the projects I get to work on – no day is the same!

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Rebate audits – saving clients millions by submitting claims to suppliers or reviewing suppliers’ audit claims and rejecting where appropriate.

IFRS Impact assessment and transitions – accounting advisory for IFRS transitions for those companies looking to get listed and either don’t have the resources internally or the advanced knowledge required to cope with the complexities of an IFRS transition.

Technical accounting projects – a variety of one-off accounting support such as new standards implementation, management fees review for international group of companies, SOX compliance. When we perform these projects for our clients they have the time to focus on the company’s growth.

AAF audits – assurance reporting providing comfort over the design, implementation, and effectiveness of controls. Usually required by pensions and investment funds customers.

Insights and analytics – supporting our clients to transform their data into business and operational insights, combining technology and data science techniques.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

To play with my luck at the swing at the end of the world in Ecuador.

Because it’s both adrenaline and travel. No safety harness, just all heart; the swing at the edge of the world in Ecuador calls out only to the ones brave enough to swing over a drop of a few hundred feet with nothing to break the fall.

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