We know we’re supposed to be good with numbers but we’re still trying to work out how Elaine Harris, Managing Partner at RfM Ulverston and RfM Barrow, found the time to successfully study for a prestigious professional qualification.
Whether time travel was involved or not, we are extremely proud that Elaine’s hard work paid off and she is now a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Elaine, who is also a chartered certified accountant, can now use the ACA designation after her name and her achievement also ensures a139-year legacy can continue at RfM Ulverston.
“We have always been a chartered accountants for 139 years and this just means that we can carry on that heritage,” she explained.
Following roles at NatWest and the Inland Revenue, Elaine joined RfM in 1998 and became a partner in 2005. Her journey from assistant in the tax department to partner was the result of hard work and dedication and a knack for building long-standing working relationships with clients. Her experience has given her a great deal of expertise in the owner-managed sector, from new start ups right through to large enterprises.
She was thrilled to receive the news of the award and delighted she maintained the perseverance to study for it alongside her already hectic work schedule. “I’m proud because I’m a managing partner of a very busy practice, so I’m really pleased that I’ve achieved the qualification.”
Accountancy is a profession that never stands still and the process of gaining her award, which is assessed on a combination of experience, exam work and the preparation of a 3,000-word case study, has ensured Elaine is up to date and compliant in all aspects of her profession.
“Because I had to take exams and produce a case study, it strengthens my knowledge, the information I provide and the advice I’m giving. It keeps me up to date and, as a chartered accountant, everything is regulated through an independent body.”
Elaine’s success is another highlight of an exciting year which has seen RfM unveil a refreshing new brand and open offices in Morecambe and Lancaster – and it’s only July!