Youngest ever person elected to ICAEW Student Council chair

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has a new chairwoman for its Student Council, and 21 year-old Simone Masterson is the youngest to ever take the seat.

Studying to become an ACA qualified accountant, Masterson, from Manchester, has already served as the representative from her home city on the ICAEW Student Council, but now has stepped up to represent all students studying to be Chartered Accountants for 2015/2016.

Simone said of her plans while in this position: “One of the major events I’m working on this year is the BusinessFutures event in Coventry, which will explore the challenges businesses might be facing in the coming decades.

“My generation are going to be the business leaders of tomorrow and so it’s important that we look ahead and understand those challenges now.”

Having been voted to her position by her peers, Simone credited her choice of education path for getting her to where she is. Rather than attend university, she went through a school leaver program to gain her accountancy qualifications.

“My plan was always to go to university, but when I made my mind up that I wanted to go into accountancy – my parents and friends said to look around.

“So many firms like BDO offer great programmes and it’s not only allowed me to earn as I learn but BDO has wholeheartedly supported and encouraged my work with the ICAEW, which requires time out of the office.”

The partner and head of BDO, Tim Entwhistle, said “She is a leading example of how hard work, dedication and a genuine passion for business can lead to success at such a young age.

“She’s been working since she was 18 and this latest honour is a testament to how university isn’t the only route into an accomplished career.”