After moving around the country regularly while growing up, Anne Cowley is now settled in Yarm and a director and charted accountant at Baines Jewitt.
Where do you call home?
I live in Yarm with my husband and ten-month-old cockerpoo, Henry. I was born in Stockton but while I was growing up, I moved around the country fairly regularly, attending school/college in Kent, Nunthorpe, Sussex and Middlesbrough.
Tell us about your role?
I am a chartered accountant and a director at Baines Jewitt Limited, an accountancy practice based in Stockton. We provide accounting and taxation advice to our clients to help them grow their businesses and achieve their goals.
How did you get to where you are today?
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was doing my O levels. When I was starting to look at degree courses, I had to make a decision about what I was going to do. I had always enjoyed maths at school and felt that a career in accountancy would suit me, so I did a degree in accounting and finance at Huddersfield Polytechnic. It turned out to be a really good degree course and I was fortunate enough to be offered a training contract with what was then Baines Goldston and Jackson to obtain my chartered qualification.
What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way?
Obtaining the chartered qualification was hard as it involved working full-time while studying and sitting exams but, in the end, the hard work paid off and was well worth it. Although it never really gave me any problems at the time, when I started my training contract, the profession was very male dominated. However, that has changed over the time that I have been in the profession.
Describe the moment you first got a feel for success?
When I had been working for a few months, it struck me that the standard of service and advice provided by Baines Jewitt was very high. I realised I was very happy to stay with the firm and working for another local accountancy practice did not interest me.
Do you have any advice for aspiring young females?
Have confidence in your own ability and if you want to do something, go for it. It might not necessarily work out as you expect but if you don’t give it a go, you’ll never know.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
To have more confidence and to worry less.
What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?
Ambition, endeavour, integrity.
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