I joined James Cowper Kreston on the graduate scheme and successfully trained and qualified through the programme. I have received formal and informal support through mentoring from other Partners and a road map programme, which has been extremely valuable for me in my progression through to Partner. During my many years at the firm I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of different clients as well as learning from a range of Partners and staff. I now head up our Accounts and Advisory service line as well as working with many of our audit clients across both the corporate and not for profit sector.
Darren O'Connor, Partner
I started my career with the firm after graduating from university without any previous experience in accounting. I spent just over three years working towards my ACA qualification whilst working full time as part of the audit team. As I was constantly learning, both at work and at college, it was a challenging and rewarding experience and I received constant support and reassurance from the firm throughout. When I achieved my qualification, the firm continued to encourage me; they listened and actively supported my career aspirations. I am now an Audit Manager, with my own portfolio of charity and corporate clients, and am also a line manager supporting students through the start of their career who are in the same position as I was years ago. I am excited to see what the future at James Cowper Kreston will bring.
Lucy Stokes, Manager
I joined with the firm as a Director in Corporate Finance in 2018. I had previously worked in Big 4 in Australia but I was looking for a move to the UK in a role which provided a more meaningful impact instead of being a small part of a larger machine. I made the right move in coming to James Cowper Kreston as it has the right mix of entrepreneurial culture, supportive Partners plus great opportunities for challenging and rewarding client work. There is also a significant focus on learning and continuous development of our staff and Partners throughout the entire firm which I have found very impressive. I progressed to Partner in 2021 and now lead the Transaction Services team working with a variety of private equity, corporate and banking clients.
Brad McAvoy, Partner
I am currently a student at Durham University undertaking a placement year at James Cowper Kreston in the Turnaround, Restructuring and Insolvency department. The firm have provided me with a solid foundation that will help me take the next step towards my desired career. James Cowper has been an ideal place to work, from their comprehensive training programme to their extremely supportive team members. I’ve been involved in projects that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and have gained invaluable experience because of this. I’ve enjoyed putting my ability and knowledge to the test with the fast paced assignments and variety of work that I do at James Cowper. My line manager has been there to support me throughout and I have been able to learn a great deal working alongside her.
Govind Menon, Intern
I joined James Cowper Kreston as an apprentice straight from school, working in the marketing and business development team. After completing my apprenticeship I went on to study for my CIM diploma in professional marketing whilst still working. I am now a marketing manager at the firm managing a range of marketing projects and processes as well as running a variety of events for the firm. The firm have been extremely supportive of my progression by listening to my needs and challenging and pushing me to succeed. During my career I have had the opportunity of advancing my skills through the learning and development opportunities the firm offers which has been a great help in getting to where I am today.
Lizzie Uzzell, Marketing Manager