As it comes up to my first anniversary of working with the Board at NIBE, I reflect on my journey to get to this position and the experiences I have gained to date.

Let’s wind back the clock fifteen years; I was 12 years old, and I had no idea what career path to choose. I kept fluctuating between professional footballer (slightly ambitious), teacher (taking after my parents) and policeman (thanks to my Uncle ‘Woo Woo’ who instilled that dream when I was a toddler). Ultimately, none of these professions were the right fit for me and it wasn’t until a few years later that I realised I wanted a job which focused on numbers.

At the age of 15, I secured some work experience at a regional accounting firm in Newcastle and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Until this moment, I had not considered accounting as a career path, writing it off as dull and repetitive despite having no basis upon which to do so. However, gaining practical experience enabled me to realise what the role actually entailed, and it was far more stimulating than I had imagined. I started looking into options with the school’s career advisor and worked out a plan to fulfil my accounting dream.

In the end, I opted for the unconventional apprenticeship route into accounting. This enables individuals to gain practical experience straight from A-Levels, avoiding the extortionate costs associated with university, but gaining the same level of qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.

After sending several cover letters and CVs to multiple firms around the region, Robson Laidler gave me my big break 9 years ago. At the time, I lived 45 miles away in North Northumberland, but the two-hour round journey was worth every second just to be given the opportunity to gain experience with such a prestigious firm.

Throughout my time at Robson Laidler, I have progressed from an Apprentice to an Audit Senior, to my current position as Client Manager and I can wholeheartedly say I have no regrets in pursuing a career in the accounting industry. My job enables me to work closely with a diverse range of clients, such as local businesses, government organisations and charities, the context of the work is intellectually stimulating, and I am surrounded by a supportive, hard-working team who share the same goals and principles.

I am incredibly grateful for the support and guidance I have received from Robson Laidler to facilitate my career progression. The firm has always encouraged me to take part in new opportunities and be an active member of the local community. As such, when I heard that an opportunity had opened to work with the Board at NIBE, I was eager to get involved.

Last September, I joined NIBE as a Secretary and in May of this year I became a Director. Working with NIBE has been incredibly rewarding so far. It is an honour to work alongside so many accomplished individuals on the Board and the strong focus on ethics resonates with my own principles as well as that of the accounting industry.

We have lots of exciting news and events coming up over the next 12 months, and I am looking forward to meeting all our supporters once Covid-19 restrictions have lifted. Stay safe, take care and I hope I will see you all soon!

Liam Crowe – NIBE