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Award nominee for ‘Rising Star of the Year’

We are delighted that our Corporate Tax trainee Gina Gardner has been shortlisted as one of three final nominees in the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category for the AAT Professional Member Awards! This national award recognises emerging talent within the AAT professional membership and celebrates outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and rapid development in the nominees’ field. The Awards celebrate members’ successes and take place next month, 8th June, at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor.

Gina Gardner, Corporate Tax trainee

Gina joined the firm as an apprentice in August 2014 and initially spent two years in the accounts team.  However, she spent three months in early 2016 on secondment to our Head of Corporate Tax, James Geary, who had joined at around the same time and been working largely alone until that stage.

James found Gina a delight to work with due to her boundless enthusiasm, enviable ability to learn quickly and effervescent personality.  During that short period of time he began taking her to prospective client meetings, particularly where R&D Tax Relief was the subject, and despite her fledgling knowledge on the subject she took an active part in those meetings, asking intelligent questions and taking responsibility for follow up actions and correspondence.

James comments, “At the end of the secondment period it was clear that I needed a full time assistant, and although the position was advertised externally (and some interviews took place) the position was also advertised internally, and I hoped all through that Gina would be willing to apply, and that her training plans could be adapted to suit if she did.”

James was delighted that Gina was able to transfer full time to the Corporate Tax team from November 2016 and we are also very pleased that she is the first within the firm to take on the joint CTA/ACA qualification training (which will enable her to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser at the same time).

Since transferring Gina has taken on considerable responsibility for projects and is a natural networker, regularly chatting with prospective clients and intermediaries and setting up meetings, often leading to new clients for the firm.  These achievements are highly impressive for one so young and we look forward to helping Gina continue to develop to the best of her ability.

James Geary, Head of Corporate Tax