We are extremely excited to welcome Michelle Burgess to the Kara Accountants’ team as of the beginning of 2019.
We tasked Michelle with a few questions in order to introduce her to our clients and for us to get to know her a little better!
What is your industry background before coming to Kara? I started training via AAT with Westlake Clark quite a few years ago. I progressed from there to work in finance for HSBC, trading stocks and shares and dealing with investments, while at the same time continuing to complete the AAT qualification.
Following this, I moved on to work for a local insurance broker handling their accounts, including completion of FCA returns, running payroll, setting up pension schedules and dealing with various aspects of compliance requirements.
I spent my spare time studying and completing my ACCA qualification and spent a number of years working for myself doing bookkeeping and accounts preparation, to fund my qualifications.
What are your hobbies outside of work? I really enjoy horse riding and have previously competed up to county level. I am lucky enough to have my own horse and be able to ride. However, the riding has taken a temporary back seat as I now have two young children, Jessica and Ben.
I also love to travel and in my younger days spent two separate periods of 18 months each travelling and working abroad. I have visited Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
Do you live locally or travel in to work? I live in the local area which is great for work and family life.
What would you hope to achieve in 2019? I am really looking forward to working and getting stuck in with Kara as it has been my goal for a long time to continue my career within an accountants – so far I’m loving it!
With regards to outside of work, I would love to start competing again with my horse – but we’ll see how the future lies with that one and the children!
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself! I am actually an advanced PADI scuba diver and have been extremely lucky to have dived in many places across the globe.
We hope that you will join us in welcoming Michelle to Kara Accountants as she becomes a valuable member of the team throughout the years ahead.