I’m Ashley, I currently work in Group Finance at the BGL group which gives me exposure to all the different business units which make up the company. I’m originally from a small town in the north of England called Cartmel, and whilst growing up I spent my winters living in different ski resorts around Europe and had to combine my passion for skiing with my school studies. I moved down south after spending four years living in Newcastle, where I studied Accounting at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. I graduated in July 2016 after completing my degree during which time I took advantage of an opportunity to spend a year in industry, working for a marine and offshore engineering company in a finance based role. My placement year reassured me that I would like to pursue a career in industry, and I was fortunate to have a manager who shared his knowledge and helped provide me with career guidance.
The thing that drew me to BGL was the opportunity to study towards being a chartered accountant and a member of CIMA, BGL allows us to combine our working life with our studies at First Intuition College in Cambridge. I don’t feel as though I have been branded as a graduate since joining, but instead feel like a valued member of my team with real responsibility.