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    What do you do?

    I work in the wonderful pensions team, doing the audit work required to confidently provide clients with accurate auditor’s statements. I perform financial testing and checks to ensure the financial statements show a true and fair view of a pension scheme’s financial position. I am involved in every stage of the scheme’s audit, from planning and testing to communications with the client. 

    Why do you do it?

    I came out of college with a deferred offer to study maths at Cambridge University, but I realised that a student lifestyle was not what I wanted. Out of nowhere, I found this apprenticeship at CP and suddenly I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.  

    As an autistic person, I really love the logic and analysis behind audit work, as well as the challenge that each new pension scheme brings. But what really sold me to this career was the culture at CP – I feel I am supported in creating the life that I want. Every single person here wants to give their best to the work and will go out of their way to help you. Everything about this company goes against the grain, and the result is the greatest place to work.

    What kind of projects have you been involved in?

    I’ve worked on a lot of different pension schemes, ranging from a few dozen members to several hundred. My favourite projects to work on so far have been hybrid schemes – where there is both a defined benefit and a defined contributions section – as this provides a whole new challenge! 

    What’s on top of your bucket list?

    I am proudly autistic and love to educate others on the wonderful benefits of neurodivergence in the workplace. I’d love to work on some large-scale awareness projects that lead to meaningful improvements for neurodivergent individuals. 

    The ultimate dream would be to give a TedTalk, write a book, or volunteer with the National Autistic Society. 

    lydias@cooperparry.com

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