Accountants don’t tend to get asked to speak as we have a reputation of being dull and uninspiring so they must have heard I am not the typical accountant. I was really pleased to be asked though as I have loads of connections still in Silloth with many of the clients who trusted me when I started out, still loyal to me today, plus we have some great staff working at the firm who originate from the town like Julie Osborn.
My memories of school were not particularly good and I never managed to get anything at prize day. I recall Mr Campbell trying to get me to get involved in sports activities like joining the football team but I just wasn’t interested at the time. Who would have thought then, that I would turn out to be one of the owners of Carlisle United Football Club.
I left school when I was 16 and went to work on a farm, then decided I wanted to get into engineering. I went on to do a degree in Electronic Engineering before deciding I wanted to get into Accountancy. I had to start at the very bottom and got things like filing and cleaning up to do but I knew what my ultimate goal was so whatever job I was given I always put every effort into it.
That was the message I wanted to give to the pupils at Solway Community School and for anyone reading this article. If you put the effort in you will succeed and you will be rewarded. Think about the options you have but don’t worry if you suddenly think you are on the wrong route, you can try something different, but you need to work at it.
Be confident and enjoy whatever you do.