Case study

Kerrie Murray — Chartered accountant


Kerrie used her ICAS chartered accountant (CA) qualification as a strong foundation upon which to build a successful career - she's now chief executive officer (CEO) for integrated engineering services company Pryme Group

Why did you become a CA?

I really enjoyed maths and accountancy at school, so studying accountancy at university was a natural progression for me. As a student, I learned about the CA qualification with ICAS and after that there was no other qualification I wanted to consider.

Do you have any advice for potential trainees?

The ICAS qualification will open doors that you don't even know exist. It's so much more than an accountancy qualification, so just go for it.

What's the most interesting project you've been involved in?

From mergers and acquisitions to divestments and IPOs - there are so many. If I had to choose one, it would be my most recent transition from chief financial officer (CFO) to CEO. This happened during the time that the UK went into lockdown and it was certainly an interesting experience and I learned a tremendous amount.

What makes you proud to be a CA?

It's the history. The ICAS qualification has truly lasted the test of time and I believe that's because it's been developed through time. And that's what the qualification allows you to do too, as an individual. It allows you to develop and prepare you for career change and that's what really makes me proud to be a CA.

What's the best thing about being a CA?

The ICAS qualification is like a foundation on which you can build whatever you want. Your career can be whatever you want it to be. It provides a solid base for what will be an excellent career.

What's the best piece of advice you've received?

There is no problem that can't be solved, but you don't have to solve that problem on your own.

What countries has your work taken you to?

I've only ever lived in the UK, but have travelled extensively to Houston in the United States and Hamburg in Germany. I've also had the privilege of travelling to many other areas of the UK as well as Dubai, Canada and other parts of America.

Have you ever had a career mentor?

Yes, and my mentor has had a huge impact on my career. I see a mentor like a parent or guardian when you're growing up. They allow you to make mistakes and learn from those, and then you'll make more mistakes and learn from those too. I don't think a mentor is too different - it's just in another environment.

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