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Winning formula sees Ashleigh scoop prestigious award

A hard-working trainee chartered accountant has won a top prize for excelling in her professional exams.

Ashleigh Smith, 26, from Stockton, beat stiff competition to win the prestigious ‘Charles Urie Peat Prize’ for the second year running.  The award - named after former Darlington MP Charles Urie Peat - recognises students' success in the Institute of Chartered Accountants' qualifying exams.

An employee of chartered accountancy practice Baines Jewitt, Ashleigh is no stranger to hard work.  Having gained a first class degree in Accountancy with the University of Northumbria in 2013, Ashleigh has been working towards her Chartered Accountancy status under the wing of Baines Jewitt, one of Teesside’s largest firms of chartered accountants, for two and a half years.

As well as gaining practical hands-on work experience, including assisting the firm’s partners with accounts preparation, audit work and corporation tax queries, Ashleigh has been able to attend tutorials on a day-release and block basis, as well as time off for additional study and exams.

Jed Lester, partner, Baines Jewitt, said: “We already know that Ashleigh is a very talented individual who thoroughly deserves everything she has achieved.  As well as outstanding exam results, this award formally recognises Ashleigh as one of the brightest accountancy minds in the area. It is very important to our practice, as well as the wider North East economy, that we continue to invest in our young people so that we have the right professional experts in place for the future.”

Talking of her achievements, Ashleigh said: “I have always loved maths and working with numbers, so accountancy seemed an ideal career choice. Working full-time, whilst studying for professional status, has been tough going at times. However, I have had amazing backing from the team at Baines Jewitt.

“I am already working in my dream job, where there is a lovely working environment and everyone is very supportive and wants you to do well.  I am on target to be fully chartered by the end of this year, so to receive the Charles Urie Peat Award, for the second time running, really is the icing on the cake.”

Award winners were announced at the Northern Chartered Accountant Students’ Society (NCASS) Teesside Annual Dinner at Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough recently. As well as a certificate, Ashleigh received an inscribed pen.

For more information, contact Baines Jewitt on 01642 632032

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