Katie Thomson (ACA)
I qualified in 1999 as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, completing my training with Shipleys LLP, a medium sized Central London auditing firm specialising in media companies.
For 14 years I worked as Financial Controller and Director with Kantar Added Value, a strategic marketing consultancy and part of WPP Group plc. Here I gained valuable experience in accounting, process, and system implementation.
I managed the Finance function in the UK before relocating to Spain in 2008 as Finance Director. I later performed a global role advising the local Finance and Management teams in Paris, Johannesburg, Shanghai, and Singapore on the commercial aspects of their offices.
An old colleague has kindly described my impact and effectiveness on her business:
Katie is one of those Finance Partners that every Business leader dreams of having at their right hand. She’s an absolute expert within her function – someone who came into our business and turned around processes, controls, transparency and delivery of financial reporting and management in a very short space of time. But more than that she’s a solution-centred thinker and doer. She penetrated our business, found opportunities, and helped us tackle them – creating a robust foundation to grow! I’d take Katie into any business any day as my financial partner – someone who enables growth, solves problems, and develops people.
Lynne Gorden, Managing Director, Added Value South Africa.