35 Under 35 2018: 6-10 revealed!

35 Under 35 2018: 6-10 revealed!

It's the final two days of our 35 Under 35 2018 reveal. Here are the individuals who have made the list at positions 6-10

It’s the final two days of our 35 Under 35 2018 reveal. Here are the individuals who have made the list at positions 6-10.

10. Sarah Ghaffari, Technical Tax Manager, ICAEW

Ghaffari is responsible for representing ICAEW members’ views on small business tax. She leads on the ICAEW’s Making Tax Digital project and works closely with HMRC and the Treasury to address concerns of the accountancy profession. Ghaffari presents on MTD, demystifying technical and legislative challenges and her presentations receive positive feedback from members.

Ghaffari was appointed staff member on the ICAEW Executive Committee, meeting fortnightly to discuss strategy and vision for the professional body. She is also responsible for engaging young professionals within the ICAEW Tax Faculty, ensuring that they have access to relevant technical material and networking events. She has launched a TAXbite series for ICAEW members, which provides short, bitesized webinar on popular topics and has trialled the Tax Faculty’s first podcast, which has the potential to be turned into a full series.

9. Gareth Roberts, Audit People Leader, KPMG LLP

Roberts leads a department of over 80 people in Manchester audit and has demonstrated commitment to people, audit teams and the profession over the past two years. He has established the audit department within a new structure, integrating 30 members of staff from another office and has excelled at dealing with people issues, resourcing and deliverance of quality services.

Roberts works on some of the firm’s most complex audit cases, with his portfolio including a mix of some of the largest clients in Manchester and a number of owner-managed and private equity clients.

8. Ben Aspinall, Senior Manager, Ecovis Wingrave Yeats

Aspinall joined Ecovis Wingrave Yeats as a trainee in 2010 and quick progressed to Senior Manager within the Financial Management Outsourcing department. He plays a lead role in the financial services team, focussing on asset managers, FX brokers and structured finance vehicles. Aspinall has completed a seven-month secondment to FTSE 250 listed insurer Hastings Direct, during which he assisted the group finance function in guiding the business through its IPO.

At Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, he has led the firm’s technology in the SME space and has spearheaded the Ecovis Online platform, which delivers performance-enhancing commercial insight to clients, underpinned by cutting-edge technology. He is currently working towards a Diploma in Investment Compliance from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

7. Benjamin Grunberg, Partner, Grunberg & Co.

Grunberg joined Grunberg & Co. in 2008 and has received rapid promotions from trainee to senior auditor and manager to achieve partner. He has a specialism in forensic reporting and has led the firm’s forensic department over the past five years, growing it six-fold and annually preparing reports on complex matters. He also recently headed one of the firm’s largest due diligence and M&A transactions.

Grunberg’s expertise is within the start-up community and in the last two years he has assisted his clients in securing £2-3m in investment funding. His achievements include one particular client who was turning over £700,000 two years ago and is projected to turn over approximately £20m this year.

6. Laura Thursfield, Financial Planner, Mazars LLP

Thursfield joined Mazars in 2013 and has gained Personal Finance Society Levels 3, 4 and 6 qualifications ahead of achieving CF30 status in September 2017, making her the first female graduate to become an FCA-authorised Independent Financial Adviser.

Thursfield is responsible for Midlands-based clients worth £23m in assets under management and advises a range of private clients from senior partners, directors and business owners to wealthy individuals. She is one of the firm’s experts in the creation and delivery of personalised financial cash flow models, building and presenting complex personal planning scenarios.

Thursfield takes an active role in Mazars, supporting the firm’s “One Firm” approach and wider Mazars initiatives. She is also one of the founding members of the Mazars Speakeasy network, which embraces all abilities and is responsible for championing acceptance of all kinds of disability in the workplace from physical disability to mental health issues.

View the individuals on the 35 Under 35 2018 ranking at positions 11-15. 

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